Who Invented The Piano?

Who invented the piano… well it was Bartolomeo Cristofori (di Francesco) (1655-1731), from Italy. He lived to the ripe old age of 76 which for the seventeen hundreds is not too shabby. Around 1700 he had been working on adapting the harpsichord to respond to touch. In doing so he created what was called the pianoforte now called the piano.

What about the upright piano, well that was down to a man named Johann Schmidt from Austria in 1780, then in 1802 was improved by Thomas Loud from London, England. His upright piano had strings running diagonally.

So now that you know who invented the piano, I’m sure you’ll want to find out more about these great inventors. You’ll find lots of information on the net if you type in their names but to get you started here’s some really good links.

All about Bartolomeo Cristofori
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