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Below are just a few examples of our piano sheet music!
|Ode to Joy for Piano by Beethoven|
|Bridal Chorus for Piano by Wagner|
|Adagio for Piano by Barber|
|Romance for Piano by Tchaikovsky|
|Soaring for Piano by Schumann|
|Prelude and Fugue in D Minor for Piano by Bach|
|Pomp and Circumstance for Piano by Elgar|
|Moonlight Sonata for Piano by Beethoven|
|Nocturne for Piano by Chopin|
|Wedding March for Piano by Mendelssohn|
|Little Preludes for Piano by Bach|
|Arioso for Piano by Bach|
|Fur Elise for Piano by Beethoven|
|Rondo alla Turca for Piano by Mozart|
|Canon in D for Piano by Pachabel|
Brief History of the Piano
|A piano is defined as an instrument with a manual keyboard
actuating hammers that strike wire strings, producing sounds that may be softened or sustained by means of pedals.
There are all kinds of pianos on today's market, ranging from the smallest of pianos called spinets(vertical) to
the largest 9 foot 6 inch concert grands. You might have fond memories of days gone sittling at the the old heavy
upright! And with today's technology, pianos are now being produced with computers aboard to play pre-recorded
music on diskettes and CD's.
History tells us that Bartolommeo Cristofori (1655 - 1731) is considered the piano inventor. In his quest to make a better harpsichord, he decided to substitute felt hammers in place of the harpsichord jacks. Sounds could then be softened or made louder by direct finger pressure. Cristofori founded three principals still used today in the making of pianos:
1) The hammer was invented.
2) He developed an escapement device to permit the hammers to drop back immediately after striking the strings, leaving them to vibrate freely as long as the key is held down;
3) He invented the shifting soft pedal arrangement.
Piano manufacturers can be found all over the world. Many are long gone, but their pianos live on in museums and / or are still being played in homes. Some names are Chickering, Waltham, Schiller, Cable, Knabe and Everett. Who hasn't heard of the more modern and popular names like Steinway, Yamaha, Baldwin, Kawai, Young Chang, and Wurlitzer?