Piano Trivia

Google something fun or interesting about the piano, and post it here.  Whether that be a bit of trivia, a music joke, or something unique, I’d love to hear about it!  :)  It could be about a music composer, a song, or the instrument itself.  Have fun!

6 thoughts on “Piano Trivia

    • Hehe! Thanks. :)

      Here’s one – did you know the piano has approximately 230 strings – and 88 keys is only standard. Some pianos have more keys than that!… one day, I’d love to own one… Bosendorfer’s have the most beautiful tone – and two models have more keys to play, though I have to ask, “why”? ;)

      from… http://www.boesendorfer.com/en/frequently-asked-questions.html

      Is it true that there are Bösendorfer grand pianos with more strings compared to other grand pianos?
      There are two Bösendorfer models with more than 88 keys (7 3/4 octaves). One is the Imperial, with 97 keys, i.e., eight full octaves. The other is the model 225 grand piano, with four additional sub-bass keys that extend the bass range to bottom F. This expanded range requires both models to have more strings.

      Why does the Model 290 Imperial have more keys than a normal piano?
      Originally built following a suggestion by composer Ferruccio Busoni, the Imperial has 97 keys, i.e. eight full octaves. This expanded range allows faithful performances of a number of compositions by Bartók, Debussy, Ravel and, not least, Busoni.

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      • Yes, the white keys. When the students count up from the Bass, down from the Treble Clef they find the “real” middle of the piano which does not fall on one key but on the center “crack” between two keys. I tell students that this is the true middle of the piano but we call middle C “the middle C” because those keys are the middle “section” of the piano. Lots of people think that middle C is the true middle of the piano so it does make for an interesting conversation, at least with children.

        PS: I like your website!

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        • Thanks, Geneva! :) And it is one of those fun things to explain to students. When we talk about the reason behind the name “piano”, and introduce dynamics, I like to tie it in with a little history. The keyboard is perfect for demonstrating the sound of the harpsichord, and explaining the difference in the action/method for playing the keys/strings. It then brings it around to dynamics, and how with the piano, it is more of a hammer action allowing for the great contrast between loud & soft (and sooooo many varying degrees between & beyond). Teaching is such a wonderful occupation, and when a student gasps in amazement, it’s just another reminder that we truly have the best job on earth.

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