Tracing the roots of the piano to the very beginning of consciousness, when man first became aware of sound.
1775, Behrent's Forte
It is believed that John Behrent (a German or Swiss immigrant) from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania built the first pianoforte in the United Colonies, soon to be United States of America. The Revolutionary War of Independence presumably preempted any further development of Mr. Behrent manufacturing musical instruments.
- Drummond, Robert Rutherford, Ph.D. Early German Music in Philadelphia. New York: University of Pennsylvania, D. Arthur & Company, publishing agents, 1910. Google Books. Web. 27 Sept. 2019.