The piano is considered the king of all musical instruments. Invented in 1709 by the Italian Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655-1731), it was the first keyboard instrument that was able to produce dynamics that is, to play soft and loud hence its name pianoforte (piano = soft, forte = loud) Cristofori’s pianoforte was a rather delicate instrument but since then and with numerous improvements, it has become the rich and powerful piano we know today. Read more…