Piano music

The piano is a keyboard-based music instrument. Its versatility and pervasiveness, together with its polyphonic capabilities have made it one of the world's most employed instruments, and a crucial piece in the development of the Western musical tradition. It's name is a shortened form of 'pianoforte', terms which in Italian respectively mean 'soft' and 'loud', referring the fact that the pianoforte had the capability of producing variations in volume which previous keyboard instruments could not. Standard pianos have 52 white keys and 36 black ones, for a total of 88. They are chordophones: pressing any key activates a mechanism which makes a hammer strike a set of strings. The sound produced is amplified via the soundboard and body of the piano. Being one of the most influential instruments in the history of music, the piano has undergone many changes and technological innovations, from the insertion of the damper and tonal pedals, to the creation of electric, electronic, and digital pianos.
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Compositores destacados Johann Sebastian Bach  ·  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ·  Ludwig van Beethoven  ·  Frédéric Chopin  ·  Franz Schubert  ·  Johannes Brahms  ·  Franz Liszt  ·  Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ·  Felix Mendelssohn  ·  Claude Debussy  ·  Franz Joseph Haydn  ·  Georg Friedrich Händel  ·  Camille Saint-Saëns  ·  Robert Schumann  ·  Antonín Dvořák  ·  Edvard Grieg  ·  Gabriel Fauré  ·  Sergei Rachmaninoff  ·  Maurice Ravel  ·  Domenico Scarlatti  ·  Edward Elgar  ·  Sergei Prokofiev  ·  Various  ·  Jules Massenet  ·  Erik Satie  ·  Hector Berlioz  ·  Henry Purcell  ·  Cécile Chaminade  ·  Giuseppe Verdi  ·  Béla Bartók  ·  Max Reger  ·  Isaac Albéniz  ·  Carl Maria von Weber  ·  Alexander Scriabin  ·  Modest Mussorgsky  ·  Muzio Clementi  ·  Carl Czerny  ·  César Franck  ·  Léo Delibes  ·  Enrique Granados  ·  Scott Joplin  ·  Ferruccio Busoni  ·  Stephen Heller  ·  Charles-Valentin Alkan  ·  Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély  ·  Anton Bruckner  ·  Anton Rubinstein  ·  Leroy Anderson  ·  Johann Nepomuk Hummel  ·  Anton Arensky
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