A Piano History Lesson

Pianos are one of the world's oldest musical instruments.  They have long been a stable of church music and schools.  Today, we are going to take you on a brief journey, a piano history lesson if you will. The first piano was invented in Florence, Italy in 1700 by Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655 – 1732), a craftsman who repaired harpsichords for Italy’s royal court. Cristofori’s invention was a simple keyboard that he called a gravicembalo col piano et forte, “keyboard instrument with soft and loud,” named for the [...]