THE MUSIC OF LIFE : BARTOLOMEO CHRISTOFORI AND THE INVENTION OF THE PIANO
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017
IL K-3, RL 4.6
Have you ever wondered how -- and why -- the piano was invented? They are everywhere now and many people can play these instruments in varying abilities. But what is the history of the piano? Way back in the 1600s in Italy, a young man named Bartolomeo Christofori was a talented harpsicord maker. His instruments were talked about around the country. He was even invited by the Prince to come to the palace and work for the court. This was great but Bartomoleo wanted to create an instrument that had more range than the harpsicord or the clavicord. He worked tirelessly year after year and finally came up with the pianoforte. Now the musician could play loud or soft and really control the music. And can you believe this? People hated it. Musicians couldn't figure out how to play it. Poor Bartomaleo. All his work and no one liked it. Why do you think it is so popular today?
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