History Of The Piano

Tracing the roots of the piano to the very beginning of consciousness, when man first became aware of sound.

900, Portable Organ
1000, Clavier

900, Psaltery

Psaltery instrument built by Salvador Bofill in 1762, at the Museu de la Música de Barcelona, Spain.
Psaltery by Salvador Bofill, Barcelona, 1762, in the Museu de la Música de Barcelona. 1

Psaltery, or psalterium, a box zither constructed of a flat resonating box with open strings spanning its surface (secured with pegs at each end). To generate sound, the player plucked the strings with fingers, or by using a plectrum (often a feather quill). Used widely in Europe until the beginning of the 16th century, its origin is rather difficult to unearth as its Greek and Latin etymology predates actual representations of any instruments.

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Psaltery Improvisation, performed by Tessey Ueno. 2

Page Sources

Enfo.  "Psaltery, Salvador Bofill, Barcelona, 1762, Museu de la Música de Barcelona."  Photograph.  Commons Wikimedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 21 Nov. 2013.  Web.  14 Sept. 2015.  CC BY-SA 3.0.
Ueno, Tessey.  "Psaltery Improvisation (by Tessey Ueno)."  Online Video Clip.  YouTube.  YouTube, 21 Aug. 2013.  Web. 14 Oct. 2015.  Standard YouTube License.
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