Bartolomeo Cristofori invented the Piano

Life of Bartolomeo Cristofori

  • Bartholomeo was born on May 4, 1665.
  • Bartholomeo was born in Padua in the Republic of Venice.
  • He was asked to work for prince Ferdinando de Medici at age 33 in 1688.
  • A tale is told that he served as a apprentice to Nicolò Amati, a great violin maker.
  • Bartolomeo Cristofori died on January 27, 1731

The piano is an instrument that when you press your fingers down on the keys, it makes sound.

The actual definition of a piano is: a large keyboard musical instrument with a wooden case enclosing a soundboard and metal strings, which are struck by hammers when the keys are depressed. The strings' vibration is stopped by dampers when the keys are released, and it can be regulated for length and volume by two or three pedals.

Interesting Facts

  • Since his life wasn't documented very well, all that remains are his birth and death records, two wills, bills he sent to clients, and one interview by Scipione Maffei.
  • Bartolomeo actually invented two other keyboard instruments which are the spinet-tone and the oval spinet.
  • He invented the piano in 1688
  • Only one true painting was made of him, but it was unfortunately destroyed in World War II and only photographs of it remain.
  • Only three pianos built by Bartolomeo still remain today.

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