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THE HISTORY OF THE MODERN DAY PIANO
If you talk about love and melody together, the first thing that comes to your mind is the sweet tune of the piano. Ranging from the classic masterpieces of the Beethoven’s Symphony to the classical melodies of music maestro Yanni, the sound of a playing piano has always been a delight to the ears. The piano has provided some classic notes over its life of more than 300 years. Modern day piano has evolved a lot as compared to its most basic version developed in the early 18th century from the harpsichord. The modern day piano, however, is case out of an iron frame with a frame where strings are fastened and wrest plank that assists in tuning the strings for the musical clarity. If you look at the structure of the keys laid out on the keyboard, you will obviously ask the question why the black and white keys are laid out in the manner they are on the keyboard. To trace this answer, we need to go back to the 13th century when the first keyboard was introduced with basic seven notes and the pattern of the keyboard was exactly like the keyboard today but with the exception of black keys. This was the most basic form of the keyboard but the problem was that it could only play a finite set of choral chords. It was only after the Roman church explored notes beyond the conventional forms and introduced 5 additional keys, slowly developing the format that we see in the modern day piano with the black keys. With the piano introduced, the next challenge was to document the notes which itself was a daunting task. Piano music sheets are basically documented piano music written on a piece of paper, or as termed to be the musical language. The piano music sheet is comprised of a specific arrangement with a staff and clefs. Piano comes in various forms and sizes ranging from 36 to 60 inch pianos classified as vertical type which basically consists of Spinet, Studio, Console and Upright. The horizontal types on the other hand are the ones which are wider and are more appropriately used during concerts and performances for live audience. The types of piano falling under this category are Petite Grand, Baby Grand, Medium Grand, Ballroom, Parlour Grand and standing at 9 feet wide, the largest piano type available – the Concert Grand.