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 Piano - Toy Piano - Made as a child's toy, but which has a...
Inasmuch as the piano is a chordophone with an attached keyboard, it is a similar instrument to the clavichord and harpsichord.
The thing which distinguished the piano is that rather than the string being plucked by quills as on a harpsichord, or being struck by tangents which then remain in contact with the string as on a clavichord, the strings are struck by hammers which immediately rebound leaving the string to vibrate freely.
However, the piano�s dynamics proved that a keyboard really could match the violin or trumpet as a solo instrument, and the piano took center stage at the concert halls of Europe�s cities.
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 History of the Piano
When pressed, the key lifted a tangent, a small copper square, which struck the string, as well as lifting a damper, which allowed the strings vibration to be sustained as long as the key was held.
Instead of striking the string with a tangent, the harpsichord uses a bird quill or a piece of hard leather (referred to as the plectrum) to pluck its strings.
Even today, a good piano is found in the home of almost every musician and composer, however it has disappeared from many households as the primary source of music entertainment perhaphs due to the enourmous variety of music reproduction systems which became available in the 20th century.
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 Piano Summary
These are: the case of the wing-shaped grand piano (or the cabinet of the vertical or upright piano); the soundboard and the ribs and bridges that are its components; the cast iron plate; the strings; and, collectively, the keys, hammers, and piano action or mechanism.
The 220-240 strings of the piano are attached to hitch pins along the curved edge of the cast iron plate and to tuning pins across the front of the piano, roughly parallel to the keyboard.
Piano building began in America in 1775, and changes to the design of the hammers and to the playing mechanism or action improved the sound and responsiveness of the instrument.
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 M101 - Piano   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Silbermann's pianos were virtually direct copies of Cristofori's, but with an important exception: Silbermann invented the forerunner of the modern damper pedal, which permits the dampers to be lifted from all the strings at once.
The Broadwood firm, which sent pianos to both Haydn and Beethoven, was the first to build pianos with range of more than five octaves: five octaves and a fifth during the 1790s, six by 1810 (in time for Beethoven to use the extra notes in his later works), and seven by 1820.
On upright pianos, the soft pedal is replaced by a mechanism for moving the hammers' resting position closer to the strings.
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 Virtual Piano Museum - History of the Piano
In a piano, a hammer is thrown at the strings when you press a key on the keyboard.
Even the fortepiano, the name given to the earliest piano to distinguish it from the modern pianoforte, or piano, has its own feel—the depth of the key fall is shallow and it takes much less weight to press the key down.
There were many fascinating experiments that produced the giraffe piano, in which the wing-shaped body extended towards the ceiling, or the instrument with six keyboards.
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 Piano - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The piano is widely used in western music for solo performance, chamber music, and accompaniment.
In cheap pianos, the soundboard is often made of plywood.
Pianos were, and still are, popular instruments for private household ownership, especially among the middle and upper classes.
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The tonal range of the piano was also increased, from the five octaves of Mozart's day to the 7⅓ (or even more) octaves found on modern pianos.
Since a large number of composers are proficient pianists--and because the piano keyboard offers an easy means of complex melodic and harmonic interplay--the piano is often used as a tool for composition.
Hence, pianos have gained a place in the popular consciousness, and are sometimes referred to by nicknames including: "the ivories", "the joanna", "the eighty-eight", and "the fl(s) and white(s)", "the little joe(s)".
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The most notable example of an extended range can be found on Bösendorfer pianos, one model which extends the normal range downwards to F0, with one other model going as far as a bottom C0, making a full eight octave range.
In modern pianos, there are three strings per hammer and are spaced too closely to permit a true "una corda" effect â€” if shifted far enough to strike just one string on one note, the hammers would hit the string of the next note.
Pianos need regular tuning to keep them up to pitch and produce a pleasing sound; by convention they are tuned to the internationally recognized standard concert pitch of A = 440 Hz.
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 Home|Collections|Collection of Ancient Musical Instruments|Keyboard instruments|Tangent-action Piano
During the second half of the 18th century instrument-makers tried to overcome the lack of dynamic shading of the harpsichord.
One of the solutions was the so-called tangent-action pianoforte in which the tangent, a narrow wooden stick, was struck against the string.
Later the pianoforte, in which leathered hammers struck the strings, achieving greater volume of sound, displaced the tangent-action piano.
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 What Are Historical Keyboard Instruments
While it is fine to play music of these composers on our modern piano or organ, it must be remembered that the resulting sound, as well as the technique used to produce it, will be different from what would have been experienced in the composer's own time.
Because the tangent remains in contact with the string as it speaks, it is possible to add small variations in the pitch of the notes; a unique addition to the expressive palette.
are the tangent piano, an early rival of the hammered fortepiano; and the geigenwerk, which attempted to imitate the sound of the violin in a keyboard instrument using spinning, rosin-coated wheels.
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 History of the Piano
This ancestor of the piano originated in Iran shortly after the birth of Christ.
When a key is pressed, a vertical brass strip (tangent) is lifted toward a pair of strings.
The square piano originated when German builders (especially Johannes Socher in 1742) tried to adapt Cristofori’s pianoforte to the traditional rectangular shape of the clavichord.
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 Sonatas for Cello and Piano by Mischa Maisky at jsbach.org
Sonatas for Cello and Piano by Mischa Maisky at jsbach.org
This recording of the sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord performed on cello and piano is from 1985.
Algerich's performance on piano is also exquisite; light and fluid, recorded not dry but with pleasant ambient echo.
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 Tangent piano - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Pantaleon Hebenstreit is credited with the creation in 1705 of the first tangent piano.
Christoph Gottlieb Schroter claimed that he invented the new tangent piano by letting blank harpsichord jacks hit the strings, also incorporating dampers into the action.
Miklos Spanyi recently released a recording for them on the tangent piano.
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 The Tangent
While there may be some room for argument as to whether The Tangent’s debut album, The Music That Died Alone was the 2003 Album of the Year, there is no possible doubt that it was surprise album of the year.
While many have referred to The Tangent as a “supergroup,” the fact is that The Music That Died Alone began life as an Andy Tillison solo project.
Although The Tangent 'touring' band lineup is not yet confirmed for 2005 you can be sure that any further replacements will again be of the highest caliber as the band build on their success and reinforce themselves as the 21st century's first new major Progressive act.
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 WNYC - Evening Music: Tangent Piano (September 12, 2005)
Tangent piano built by Ghislain Potvlieghe, Ninove (Belgium) in 1993, after Baldassare Pastori, 1799 (Grammofon AB BIS, Djursholm)
A tangent piano is the featured instrument in the Keyboard Concerto in E Minor by C. Bach, Johann Sebastian’s second-born surviving son.
Spanyi considers the tangent piano (which uses slips of wood instead of hammers to strike the strings) ideally suited to C.P.E’s keyboard works, as it has sonic characteristics of both the harpsichord and the fortepiano, and many devices that can modify its basic timbre.
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 tangent - OneLook Dictionary Search
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Tangent, tangent : UltraLingua English Dictionary [home, info]
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 CONTINUO Magazine for Early Music June 1998 instrumental Reviews   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Although I have never had the chance to hear a historic tangent piano, I was immediately captivated by the unusual sound of this instrument.
Using an array of six microphones (two for the piano and four for the ensemble?), producer/engineer Ingo Petry has produced a recording with a spacious and airy acoustic while retaining the natural timbres and a realistic sense of weight to the instruments.
Her piano, too, is a testimony to the superb quality of Kenneth Bakeman’s craftsmanship and flair; tragic that he is no longer building.
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 Classics Today.com - Your Online Guide to Classical Music
In the main, Markku Luolajan-Mikkola and Miklós Spányi offer steady, conscientious, and slightly self-effacing renditions of Bach's three viola da gamba sonatas.
One is the tangent piano's domineering timbre that relegates Spányi's excellent continuo realizations to top billing status.
Second of all, the resonant sonics seem more appropriate for Bach's majestic organ works than the intimate scale of these gamba sonatas.
www.classicstoday.com /review.asp?ReviewNum=1374   (146 words)

 Tangent Tabs: 88 Tabs Total @ 911Tabs - Tabs Search Engine
Tangent Tabs: 88 Tabs Total @ 911Tabs - Tabs Search Engine
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