Monthly Archives: June 2019
You were given a life sentence and there is only a piano in the cell? Then we have something for you… from Liszt to Scriabin-10 of the most technically complex works ever written for the piano.
1.Franz Liszt-La Companella
The work La Campanella, which means “bell” in Italian, is a piano transcription of the eponymous violin piece by Niccolo Paganini. The etude is considered one of the most complex compositions ever written for the piano. Continue reading
The standard piano has 88 keys: 52 white and 36 black. But who decided that this number would be the norm and why?
Before the invention of the piano, composers wrote music for the harpsichord, which has only 60 keys. This meant that all their works were limited to the five-octave range of this instrument.
Around 1700, Italian master instrumentalist Bartolomeo Cristofori decided that it was time to update the harpsichord, and came up with a new keyboard instrument with a percussion mechanism. Cristofori worked at the court of Ferdinando de ‘ Medici, where he was the Keeper of musical instruments. Continue reading