Piano becomes one of the most preferred musical instruments. You may not know, there are many unique facts behind this one instrument. One of them, the piano was created since the beginning of 1700 and experienced several changes from year to year.
Currently, there are several forms of pianos from grand pianos, digital pianos, to the most commonly encountered today, keyboards and synthesizers. Also, there are some unique facts about the piano that you might not know about below:
The Largest Piano in the World
You may not know, the biggest piano in the world made by a young man aged 25 years. Yes, Adrian Mann, his name is. The New Zealand piano tuner was still around 21 years old when he decided to make this super magnificent instrument. His love for the piano presents a Piano with a weight of 1.4 tons and a length of 5.7 meters was the biggest work and is recognized as the largest piano in the world.
Most Expensive Piano
The most expensive piano costs up to 3.22 million USD and is made by a Canadian company, Heintzman Pianos and is called the Crystal Piano. As the price is expensive, the shape of this piano is also very beautiful and magnificent. The transparent and very beautiful design makes the piano look more exclusive.
Crystal Piano was first played at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing by pianist from China, Lang Lang. After that, sometime later this piano was sold at auction for 3.22 million USD and made it the most expensive piano in the world.
First piano in 1709
The most mature piano concept was created by harpsichord instrument maker, Bartomoleo Cristofori. This Italian composer was the first person to invent the piano. The fine harpsichord cords are made to create tones with varying volumes. The concept of the piano was then finalized in the 1690s. Then the first tool was created in 1709.
Cristofori called his invention the term “gravecembalo col piano e forte“, a clavichord string in a slow, loud voice. The name was shortened to the pianoforte, in the end, people called it the simplest name of ‘piano’.
At present, there are only three Cristofori pianos left in the world. The piano is kept at the National Museum of Musical Instruments in Rome, then the second is at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and the third is the Museum of Musical Instruments, Leipzig University in Germany.
Digital Piano Appears in 1980
If the acoustic piano was first discovered in 1700 ago, a new digital piano appeared on the market since the 1980s. However, many people have been experimenting to find digital piano instruments since 1920. It was only 30 years later that an electric piano appeared.
This electric piano was originally an acoustic piano with pickups and was played by famous musicians such as Ray Charles and Duke Ellington. So, the piano sound can be heard louder in the amplifier. Then after that, there was a synthesizer that appeared in 1960 that gave a lot of influence on the music genre a few years after. Then finally in 1980, there was a modern digital piano that we know today.
Besides, digital pianos also solve many of the weaknesses of the previous acoustic piano. The emergence of digital piano makes it possible for many musicians to practice and save space and adjust the costs. For those of you who often play digital pianos, you must be familiar with piano keys that are softer and easier to play, no need more energy to press and produce beautiful sounds.
Learning Piano Does Not Know Age
Nowadays anyone can learn piano, from the age of children to adults. You don’t have to learn from toddlers to be good at adulthood. Learning piano can train the brain and relieve stress for adults.
Even a study in the Hearing Journal said, “practising the piano in the elderly provides many benefits.” The journal reported that elderly people who practised piano three hours a week for three months showed an increase in processing speed and memory. Interestingly, this increase was not seen in the elderly group who did not practice the piano.
Well, that’s five unique facts about pianos that you might not know about. So when are you going to start your piano course?