Tracing the roots of the piano to the very beginning of consciousness, when man first became aware of sound.
Early 1300s, Clavicytherium
Before the emergence of the clavichord, a small oblong box called a clavicytherium appeared (the earliest surviving example of this stringed keyboard instrument arguably originated from Ulm and was adorned with elaborate decorations and carvings, c1480). Comprised of catgut strings configured in the shape of a half-triangle, it produced sounds by the use of quill-plectra crudely attached to the keys.
- Wells, Elizabeth. "Museum of Instruments: Catalogue, Part II Keyboard Instruments." Center for Performance History. Royal College of Music, 2005 – 2007. Web. 14 Sept. 2015.