The Piano Makers

Baldwin D.H. Baldwin, a music teacher and a piano salesman founded a firm which begun to manufacture pianos in 1889. After his death in 1899, his partners Lucien Wulsin and G.W. Armstrong made the Baldwin Piano Company into a model of enlightened industrial management. They treated their workers as craftsmen. They designed their factories with … Read more The Piano Makers

IV. The Development of Piano after Cristofori’s Death

After Cristofori’s death, other instrument builders made piano in radically different sizes and shapes, as well as mechanisms unlike Cristofori’s. Silbermann made improvements on the Cristofori piano based mostly on Johann Sebastian Bach’s criticisms of it in 1736-that the action was heavy and unpredictable, and the tone of the treble too weak. Silbermann introduced the … Read more IV. The Development of Piano after Cristofori’s Death

II. Early History

Beginnings in the Courtly Circles(1700-1760) The piano was invented in Florence around 1709 by an Italian harpsichord maker Bartolomeo Cristofori. Cristofori served as instrument maker to the crown prince Ferdinando Maria de’ Medeci of the grand Duchy of Tuscany. He named his invention, “Arpicembalo… di nouva invention, che fa’ il piano,e il forte” (a harpsichord, … Read more II. Early History