Tracing the roots of the piano to the very beginning of consciousness, when man first became aware of sound.
C. 1397, Harpsichord
A stringed keyboard of the box zither family, the harpsichord was first attributed to Hermann Poll, c.1397, and called the clavicymbalum. Unlike the clavichord, its strings are plucked with quills instead of struck with tangents made of small metal blades. It is from this point on in the development of the modern grand piano, the wing-like shape takes center stage, on account of the string length progression from treble to bass.
- Wikipedia. "History of the Harpsichord." Wikipedia. Wikipedia, 5 April 2015. Web. 14 Sept. 2015.
- Sankey, John. "A Brief History of the Harpsichord." JohnSankey.CA. John Sankey, n.d. Web. 14 Sept. 2015.