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 Ludwig van Beethoven  ·  Frédéric Chopin  ·  Franz Schubert  ·  Johannes Brahms  ·  Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ·  Franz Liszt  ·  Felix Mendelssohn  ·  Antonín Dvořák  ·  Robert Schumann  ·  Edvard Grieg  ·  Gabriel Fauré  ·  Sergei Rachmaninoff  ·  Edward Elgar  ·  Various  ·  Cécile Chaminade  ·  Max Reger  ·  Hector Berlioz  ·  Isaac Albéniz  ·  Giuseppe Verdi  ·  Carl Maria von Weber  ·  Modest Mussorgsky  ·  Carl Czerny  ·  César Franck  ·  Léo Delibes  ·  Scott Joplin  ·  Enrique Granados  ·  Ferruccio Busoni  ·  Stephen Heller  ·  Charles-Valentin Alkan  ·  Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély  ·  Anton Bruckner  ·  Anton Rubinstein  ·  Anton Arensky  ·  Edward MacDowell  ·  Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka  ·  Mily Balakirev  ·  Emmanuel Chabrier  ·  Friedrich Burgmüller  ·  Albert Ketèlbey  ·  Anatoly Lyadov  ·  Ignaz Moscheles  ·  Ernesto Nazareth  ·  Ferdinand Beyer  ·  John Field  ·  Felix Blumenfeld  ·  Paul Juon  ·  Clara Schumann  ·  Johann Baptist Cramer  ·  Fanny Hensel  ·  Erkki Melartin
Periods Romantic
Forms Anthem  ·  Bagatelle  ·  Ballade  ·  Ballet  ·  Barcarolle  ·  Canon  ·  Caprice  ·  Compilation  ·  Concerto  ·  Dance  ·  Duet  ·  Etude  ·  Fantasy  ·  Fugue  ·  Funeral Music  ·  Galop  ·  Impromptu  ·  Intermezzi  ·  Lullaby/Berceuse  ·  March  ·  Mazurka  ·  Nocturne  ·  Opera / Operetta  ·  Piano piece  ·  Piece  ·  Polonaise  ·  Prelude  ·  Prelude (or other movement) and Fugue  ·  Quartet  ·  Quintet  ·  Rag  ·  Rhapsody  ·  Romance  ·  Rondo  ·  Sacred Mass  ·  Scherzo  ·  Sonata  ·  Sonatina  ·  Song  ·  Song Cycle  ·  Suite  ·  Symphonic Pieces  ·  Theme and Variations  ·  Toccata  ·  Transcription  ·  Waltz