Tracing the roots of the piano to the very beginning of consciousness, when man first became aware of sound.
C. 1480, Clavicytherium
Thought to be the earliest surviving stringed keyboard instrument, perhaps originating from Ulm, an upright harpsichord of the clavicytherium variety with elaborate decorations and carvings.
- Wells, Elizabeth. "Museum of Instruments: Catalogue, Part II Keyboard Instruments." Center for Performance History. Royal College of Music, 2005 – 2007. Web. 14 Sept. 2015.