|PianoľA World Of History And Class
By Tony Brings
Pianos have entertained thousands over the last century or 2.
When we think about this grand instrument, composers like
Mozart and Beethoven come to mind. The piano's got their boost
in the hundred years between 1790 and 1890. Yes, during the
industrial revolution. This is when stronger steel and iron was
manufactured. Helping in building strong Iron frames and Steel
piano wire for good instruments.
The first company in Britain that manufactured pianos was the
Broadwood. They made big and excellent sounding instruments. By
1820 however, the piano had moved to Paris through the Erard.
Erard also invented the double action where the piano could be
played even the key was fully up allowing for rapid playing.
All manufacturers used this technique as time went on.
The first piano's had 5 octaves but by 1810 they had become 6
and by 1890 7. In the 19th century, it was to the piano's were
tougher to operate. They required muscle power to depress the
keys to produce good quality sounds. However, as time went on,
softer strings were made that reduced this tension. Today,
Electronic keyboards are simple to operate and give you the
option of a piano with out its bulk and weight.
Today, piano's come in 2 versions: the grand piano and the
upright piano. In the grand piano, the strings go away from the
keys making them large. For these piano's, big and spacious
rooms with high roofs are required. Only then can they be
enjoyed to the full.
The upright pianos are more compact and sleek. The strings
extend up and down allowing for space conservation. The companyYamaha produces some of the best products in this line.
A modern day piano has 88 keys and miner. This key set
represents all 7 octaves and the miners as well.
All modern musicians face a problem however. Due to the large
evolution of the piano, the compositions of greats like Mozart
and Chopin are no longer meant for these instruments. The
instruments that these composers used no longer exist. So a
long and arduous task of interpretation is required before they
can be played on the modern pianos.
Not withstanding the above problem, pianos have still got that
beautiful sense of music about them. Today musicians like Yanni
control your emotions using this instrument. Some even believe
that piano music can help cure health problems. Indian
classical music has such measures in its music.
Pianos have always been attractive to people who like beauty
and romance. They have been appealing to classical tastes as
well. Producing haunting, cheerful and beautiful music, the
piano can never be forgotten. That is why so many people own
them in their home and why even more wish they had one of their
very own to sit at and play. There are not many things as
relaxing as sitting down at your piano after a long hard days
About the Author: Tony Brings is the editor of I Pianissimo. A
meeting place for piano enthusiasts. http://www.ipianissimo.info