College of Arts and Sciences
Music: Choral--Teacher Certification
Primary Subject Area
keyboard, monochord, clavichord, spinet, harpsichord, pianoforte, piano, Christofori, piano construction, Bach, Liszt, Schumann
Sica, Amy M., "The Development of the Keyboard Through the Grand Piano and Its Effect on Piano Literature" (2008). Senior Honors Theses. 50.
The keyboard instrument was improved through a long series of developments until the pianoforte was developed, which reached beyond the capabilities of the harpsichord. Christofori developed the pianoforte which would lead to the ultimate development of the concert grand piano. Not all composers were privileged to have the pianoforte at their fingertips, let alone the grand piano with all of its improvements. Therefore, each composer’s musical style can be correlated to the piano’s development during each time period. Each musical era signifies where the piano was developmentally during that century. Through this progression the piano came to be a means of emotion and imagination, allowing audiences to see the colors, moods, and pictures that can be created through music.