Piano / Romantic 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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Popular composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ·  Ludwig van Beethoven  ·  Frédéric Chopin  ·  Franz Schubert  ·  Johannes Brahms  ·  Franz Liszt  ·  Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky  ·  Felix Mendelssohn  ·  Camille Saint-Saëns  ·  Antonín Dvořák  ·  Robert Schumann  ·  Edvard Grieg  ·  Johann Strauss Jr  ·  Gabriel Fauré  ·  Sergei Rachmaninoff  ·  Edward Elgar  ·  Various  ·  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ·  Richard Wagner  ·  Jules Massenet  ·  Erik Satie  ·  Hector Berlioz  ·  Gioachino Antonio Rossini  ·  Cécile Chaminade  ·  Giuseppe Verdi  ·  Isaac Albéniz  ·  Max Reger  ·  Niccolò Paganini  ·  Carl Maria von Weber  ·  Alexander Borodin  ·  Georges Bizet  ·  Modest Mussorgsky  ·  Richard Strauss  ·  Muzio Clementi  ·  César Franck  ·  Carl Czerny  ·  Charles Gounod  ·  Stephen Foster  ·  Jean Sibelius  ·  Léo Delibes  ·  Enrique Granados  ·  Scott Joplin  ·  Gustav Mahler  ·  Louis Spohr  ·  César Cui  ·  Jacques Offenbach  ·  Moritz Moszkowski  ·  Aleksandr Glazunov  ·  Bedřich Smetana  ·  Reynaldo Hahn
Periods Romantic
Forms Anthem  ·  Aria / Arietta  ·  Bagatelle  ·  Ballade  ·  Ballet  ·  Barcarolle  ·  Books  ·  Canon  ·  Cantata  ·  Canzona  ·  Caprice  ·  Chaconne  ·  Chorale Prelude  ·  Christmas Carols  ·  Compilation  ·  Concerto  ·  Dance  ·  Duet  ·  Etude  ·  Fanfare  ·  Fantasy  ·  Fugue  ·  Funeral Music  ·  Galop  ·  Gavotte  ·  Impromptu  ·  Intermezzi  ·  Invention  ·  Lullaby/Berceuse  ·  Madrigal  ·  March  ·  Mazurka  ·  Medley  ·  Melodrama  ·  Minuet  ·  Nocturne  ·  Opera / Operetta  ·  Oratorio  ·  Overture  ·  Partita  ·  Pavane  ·  Piano piece  ·  Piece  ·  Polka  ·  Polonaise  ·  Potpourri  ·  Prelude  ·  Prelude (or other movement) and Fugue  ·  Quadrille  ·  Quartet  ·  Quintet  ·  Rag  ·  Rhapsody  ·  Romance  ·  Rondo  ·  Sacred Mass  ·  Saraband  ·  Scherzo  ·  Septet  ·  Serenade / Divertimento / Cassation  ·  Sonata  ·  Sonatina  ·  Song  ·  Song Cycle  ·  Suite  ·  Symphonic Pieces  ·  Symphonic Poem  ·  Symphony  ·  Tango  ·  Theatrical / Incidental  ·  Theme and Variations  ·  Toccata  ·  Transcription  ·  Trio  ·  Waltz