Jun 19, 2011

Bartolomeo Cristofori

Bartolomeo Cristofori was the inventor of the "modern" fortepiano.

Many others followed to bring the piano to nowadays perfection.

- The following informations are collected at Tastenwiki and youtube -

Three exemplars of original instruments still exist,

One Copy built after Cristofori from 1726 

Let us first have a look to a model of his mechanism:

 And now let's listen to the sound of instruments built after Cristofori:

Sonate da Cimbalo   di piano e forte Florenz 1632.

Wolfgang Brunner an einer Cristofori-Kopie Reiner Thiemanns (Nürnberg 1995) während der CD-Produktion von 6 Giustini-Sonaten, die demnächst bei CPO erscheinen wird.

Domenico Scarlatti Sonatas K 65 K 66 K 67 Alvini  - Schwarz Fortepiano after Cristofori 1726

Lodovico Giustini Sonata II Andrea Coen Schwarz Fortepiano after Cristofori 1726

That keyboard work is Sonata No. 6 in D, Op. 1, by Andrea Luchesi. Played by Luca Guglielmi, on Cristofori fortepiano (gravecembalo col piano e forte). Picture: Hong Kong Flower View 2010. Taken by TKOLSY.

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