Pianos: Blueprints and Archetypes
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Pianos: Blueprints and Archetypes

Pianos prototype blueprints and form regalia. Different types of Pianos discussed.

The Piano is a stringed musical instrument which consists of keys that serve as triggers to sound a tone. The tones are classifiably created due to different tensions stranding the strings. It is derived from the structural orientation of two known instruments, the clavichord and harpsichord. The Clavichord is the antiquated version of the piano which was used in the early 15th to 19th century. Like the Clavichord, the piano also makes use of hammer-like wedges which strike the parallel strings of the piano, tightened with arrayed tensions to engender soft sounds. Alternatively, the harpsichord, which historically was a precursor of the piano, also has the same structural string placements which are plucked through keys by leather and quill edges attached.

The piano, or scientifically the pianoforte is the advanced version of the keyboard forerunners which has the design assembly of a lever-hammer stroke mechanism which gives the player or the musician, the liberty to soften or thicken the sound and tone with a soft to hard key presses. With such acclimatization, in the year 1709, it led to naming the very first piano the gravicembalo col piano e forte which is an Italian term for Harpsichord with soft and loud tones. The prototype of the gravicembalo col piano e forte was designed by Bartolomeo Cristofori which is a known harpsichord builder in Florence, Italy. There are argumentative roots as to who had created the piano since it wasn’t originally drawn from an original blueprint given that it was derived from several different instruments, but in general, Bartolomeo Cristofori earns the credit for being the inventor of the piano. As a proof of his musical ingenuity, two of his creations are still existent, the piano which he built around 1720 which is displayed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, and another 1726 creation installed in Leipzig, Germany.

Pianos are classified into two classes – the horizontal and vertical pianos. These are pianos with 88 standard keys employment that is regulated for 8 octaves. Pianos which commonly have property height extents of about 36 to 60 inches and an axis girth of 58 inches are the Vertical Pianos. The measurement values are absolute to approximation and can go over or under amounted. Vertical pianos have four sub-classes which itemize the Studio, Spinet, Upright and Console Pianos.

Studio. These pianos are predominantly staged in music studios and music schools. What makes a Studio piano easy to be categorized is its capacious soundboard that counts 45 to 48 vertical inches. The studio is a classic selection of musicians for its fine tone and first-rate tone regularity.

Spinet. This type of piano is the smallest of the keyboard class. It measures at 36 to 38 vertical inches and can fit a room with restricted floor perimeters. Because of its structural draw, with its undersized dimension, sound quality is diminished. Having a short allowance for string lengths causes decreased tone worth.

Upright. The goliath of the keyboard class. Stands vertically at 50 to 60 inches, considered to be the tallest of all pianos. The Upright Piano is illustriously ancestral. Though old enough, when cared for appropriately, sound and tone definition is top notch.

Console. Abstemiously smaller in dimension which halts at 40 to 43 inches is the Console Piano. Consoles are usually picked as a constituent of home interior fixtures as embellishments for it is marketed in arrayed outlines. This is alternatively called the piano of non-musicians, because there are people who choose to parade a Console piano in their living room for the purpose of exhibiting a lounge spectacle. Tone is unimpaired because it is structured with straight hammering mechanism.

Oppositely, horizontal pianos balance the two classifications of pianos. Horizontal pianos juxtapose vertical pianos in terms of dimension and string installation. Tone difference is indeterminable since both vertical and horizontal pianos sound closely the same. The only determinable accentuation is the defter tone due to a more accurate hammer-action. Horizontal pianos are also designated as Grand pianos.

Concert Grand. Concert Grand is the stoutest of all pianos which posts at seven feet.

Parlor Grand. Perpendicularly stiffed at six feet and an inch. Customarily named as the living room grand piano.

Medium Grand. Built at a volume of five feet and seven inches.

Baby Grand. Diminutively measures five feet six inches. Baby Grand Pianos are commonly elected by musicians referenced to its intensified tone delineation.

Petite Grand. The elfin version of all pianos. Graded at four feet and 10 inches.

Historically, pianos rooted out from the amalgamation of several different instruments. Like how it was created, which evolved from divergent prototypes, still the piano is completely and precipitously in its integral evolution. Pianos of today transmuted to digital keyboards with MIDI effects. Pianos chronically are celebrated musical instruments which were used by musical virtuosos that perfected the definition of music in today’s time.

Copyright © 2010 Tyron John Clidoro

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Comments (26)

great composing(as in music!) ... thanks for the information.

Thanks Kiran, I appreciate it!

Excellent article. I have played many upright pianos back in the day. There were many such pianos "inherited". The best one I played was in my house while growing up - a 1920 Emerson. It is still going strong as a church piano though it takes a careful piano tech to keep it in shape. The uprights were okay in the older homes with larger rooms. Today, I have a console. It fits the space and contains the sound for smaller rooms.

Thanks for the wonderful comments Lorena, I really appreciate it!

Fantastic piece that is very well written. Loaded with interesting information and I've got to admit...Loved the title! :)

Thanks very much Natasha for the your wonderful remarks... I do appreciate it!!!!

Great article! I used to play the piano, but didn't know a lot of this.

Thank you Kathleen... thanks very much!

Belatedly commenting on this, you've done a great job here.

Thanks very much Ileen! By the way, the Spider Capo article is still in progress...

A brilliant discussion. Thank you so much;

Thanks very much, Francois!

Nice work Tyron. My family had a player piano when I was a child. I remember being astonished at how the keys played themselves. I remember it was green.

Thanks very much, Judith!

Excellent article, thanks for the info.

Not to split hairs, but in a formal, orchestral setting, a piano is considered a percussion piece.

James is correct...and that might be a sequel article.

Thanks for sharing...

I enjoyed and was educated about pianos and their functions. I do like to look at a concert grand piano as well as like their sound.Tweet and buzzed

Great and informative article.

Thanks one and all for the positive inputs...

Nicely written piece. Another tidbit to share... the terms "piano" and "forte" are also used in music notation as an indication of how a section of music should be played; hence, as you mentioned, piano = soft and forte = loud. Enjoyable read, thanks!

Thank you Sharla!

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