Thursday, July 24, 2014

Early Beginnings of the Piano


Beginnings of the Piano

Our family’s first piano was an upright—solid, heavy, and in need of tuning.  If only I had known of Bennett Piano Movers at that time.  Bennett’s would have solved both the physical move as well as the tuning.  However, we were able to procure the services of a blind gentleman certified as a piano tuner.  He came with tuning fork, gently manipulated the ‘ivories’, and adjusted the strings just so.  We were happy with his work.  And even happier when our daughter could render the beauty of ‘Chariots of Fire’.

Stirring Piano Music Evokes



Listening to such stirring piano music evokes a sense of music rippling smoothly along with punctuated effects that one clings to while merging with the next sweet measure.
Piano music moves us with a myriad of feelings--without our delving into the complexities of how the music does that. 
That such beauty and pleasure can be ours is a tribute to man’s forebears and their ingenuity with simple instruments, exploration of tones, and craftsmanship.


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Beauty Of Such Stringed Tones


Thousands of years ago man’s use of pan pipes [derived from blow guns] and simple weaponry, such as the bow and arrow, prompted the early shepherd and hunter’s awareness and appreciation of different sounds or tones that could be made.  Different tones were shaped by tautness of bow strings, material used for the strings, and wind effects as the arrow was swiftly propelled forward.  It was learned that tones could be produced across an arrangement of strings, such as with the harp of Old Testament days. The beauty of such stringed tones gave King Saul great comfort when he was troubled or sad.


Harp Of Yesteryear


The harp of yesteryear impacted design of later stringed instruments including the dulcimer, harpsichord, clavichord, and violin, and piano.  The first piano keyboard was established in 13th century Medieval Europe.

As with all inventions, alterations were made along the way – in part by early keyboard players trying to figure out how many musical notes there were to play.

Our   present-day piano or pianoforte was a major work of Bartolome Cristofori, an Italian harpsichordist from 1710 Florence, Italy.  One may safely credit these early instruments and music makers with the evolution to our present day piano tones and keyboards of 88 keys.