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The Man Who Started It All

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Bartolomeo Cristofori di Francesco

The invention of the piano is credited to Bartolomeo Cristofori possibly as early as 1698. Cristofori's piano was more simple in design than the modern piano and had quite different in sound and feel at play. Cristofori named his invention Piano Forte or "soft and loud" a quality the harpsichord did not have. Piano Forte's are still around today. Below is a photo of one.

Cristofori's Piano

The piano that we have today is not the same piano that Mr Cristofori built.