Monday, March 17, 2008

Piano - A Brief History

A piano, short for Pianoforte is probably one of the finest musical instruments ever created by man. The sound of a piano can create a wonderful melody that stirs hidden emotions, makes us feel euphoric or gloomy and transport us into a private world of dreams and fantasy.

A musical instrument that traces its history back to the earliest stringed instruments, the piano has been a symbol of grace and refinement for centuries in the western world. Can you dominate this instrument to make the amazing harmony of sounds you hear played by professional musicians?

If you decide to come over and spend some time at the Accademia Europea di Firenze, we can definitely help, the piano lessons are taught by highly qualified teachers and the atmosphere is a friendly one.

The precursors of this grand instrument were at best crude attempts to make a stringed keyboard instrument.

But the piano as we know it today was created by Bartolomeo Cristofori de Francisco of Padua, Italy in around 1700 and only three of the original Cristofori pianos from 1720s exist today.

The development of the piano benefited the most from centuries of improvisations and development on the Harpsichord, an instrument on which Cristofori himself was an expert.

Playing a piano can be an exhilarating experience once you start your piano lessons in Florence, your fingers will slowly seem to be acting on their own once the piano playing becomes somewhat of a natural instinct.

Two factors have contributed significantly to the evolution of the piano to its current form. One was the demand by composers and pianists for a more potent sound and the other was the Industrial revolution that gave manufacturers the high quality raw materials like steel to cater to that demand. Today pianos come in two types: the grand and the upright. Technological development has given us a third kind the digital pianos.

Since its creation, this instrument has become a vital part of music compositions and as a solo instrument everywhere. It is a pleasure for the person who is playing, the composer and to the music enthusiasts all over the world.

That is why it is no wonder you feel the urge to learn how to play the piano, you can trust Florence to be the most inspiring place to take the piano lessons.

Accademia Europea di Firenze is an Italian language, Music, Art and Culture School located in the very heart of Florence.


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