Invention
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Grand Piano, 1722
Maker: Bartolomeo Cristofori,
Florence, Italy
photo by
Hugh Talman
This is one of three existing instruments by the inventor Cristofori, keeper of musical
instruments for the Medici Court in Florence. His revolutionary invention was described
as a "gravicembalo col piano e forte", or "harpsichord with soft and loud".
This later was reduced to "pianoforte", then "fortepiano", and finally just "piano".
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