A Grand Design: The History of the Piano

This Piano History Timeline starting from the 1700s to the 2000s hits on all the important dates from the birth to the modern day of the piano.

Source: A Grand Design: The History of the Piano

1700—Harpsichord maker Bartolomeo Cristofori’s invents the “piano e forte” (“soft and loud”) in Florence, Italy.Bartolomeo Cristofori

1739—Domenico del Mela builds the earliest known upright piano in Gagliano, Italy.

Early 1700s—Piano builder Gottfried Silbermann adds a precursor to the modern damper pedal, which lifts all dampers from the strings at once to create a sustained tone.

Late 1700s—Piano making flourished in the Viennese school. Mozart composed for these instruments, which were built with wooden frames with two strings per note.