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8 Parts of a Piano: How Pianos Produce Sound

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Nov 9, 2020 • 3 min read

The piano is a musical instrument that dates back to the Baroque era of music history. Widely attributed to the Italian builder Bartolomeo Cristofori, the piano draws on characteristics of preceding keyboard instruments including the harpsichord, the fortepiano, the clavichord, and the organ.