Listen To The Earliest Known Piano


The earliest known surviving piano was created by Italian inventor Bartolomeo Cristofori di Francesco (May 4, 1655 – January 27, 1731). It is kept within the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York with two other existing creations of Cristofori.

He is credited as the inventor due to the fact that his was the first to be designed with the hammer-action keyboard. Cristofori was such a talented craftsman, that he was recruited by the Grand Dukes of Tuscany to design and build instruments.


From the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York: Dongsok Shin performing Sonata in d minor, K.9 by Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)


– altered by Hystoria


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