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

V. Principal Parts of the Piano

During the next hundred years following Cristofori’s death, we have seen that the piano underwent a series of significant developments. Today’s pianos are magnificent instruments and in almost every sense dwarf their more unassuming ancestors. Take for instance a contemporary concert grand: it has an average weight of 480 kilograms, 9 feet in length, and … Read more

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

The Cristofori Piano

What is Cristofori Piano? The piano first known as the pianoforte evolved from the harpsichord around 1700 to 1720, by Italian inventor Bartolomeo Cristofori. He gave the musical world a keyboard instrument with a hammer action that varied the volume of sound. The weight of the player’s fingers on the piano keys sent the hammer … Read more

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

Piano: A Popular Instrument

The piano is considered to be the world’s most popular instrument. It is played not only in musical institutions and the homes of those who are privileged to own one, but also in places of business, educational, religious and residential institutions as well. The piano, which initially can only be found exclusively in the courtly … Read more