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Fun Piano Facts

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What member of the animal kingdom responds to piano music just like humans? What is the most expensive piano made of? Find out the answers to these questions and more!

  • The first piano was invented in 1709 by an Italian harpsichord maker Bartolomeo di Francesco Cristofori.
  • The piano was first called gravicembalo col piano e forte, which roughly translates to “soft and loud keyboard instrument.”
  • According to many studies, learning piano may enhance a child's language building skills and overall academic achievement.
  • Piano is technically a stringed instrument, played percussively. However, unlike, say, a violin, the piano is played percussively with little hammers hitting its strings to produce sound.
  • Priced at 1.36 million dollars, the galaxy piano is among the world’s most expensive pianos boasting a body made completely of 24-carat gold.
  • Pianos are more likely to stay in in tune when they are not in overly damp or overly dry environments.
  • At 19 ft long, the Alexander Piano is one of the world's largest pianos. It was built by New Zealand piano-maker Adrian Mann, who was only 15 years old when he began building it.
  • Elephants respond to music just like human do. Acclaimed pianist and teacher Paul Barton discovered this after having spent 20 years working with Elephants World to rehabilitate elephants.
  • You can visit the earliest surviving piano at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
  • Back in 2015, Steinway unveiled the “Fibonacci,” a piano whose spiral patterns were inspired by the spirals generated from the mathematical Fibonacci sequence, nature’s “golden ratio.”

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