On the 88th day of the year, which is the same amount of keys as a piano, people celebrate World Piano Day. It will happen on March 29 this year. A group of people with similar goals started World Piano Day. They wanted to make a place for piano-related projects to help music grow and spread the joy of playing the piano.
HISTORY OF WORLD PIANO DAY
Why do we need a day to celebrate the piano? “Because of many things. But mostly because it doesn’t hurt to celebrate the piano and everything that goes with it: performers, authors, piano builders, tuners, movers, and most importantly, the listener,” said Nils Frahm, a German pianist and composer who started World Piano Day in 2015. The idea was to celebrate the piano all over the world by holding events, performances, masterclasses, lectures, etc. Since it started, World Piano Day has become very popular. Pianists, promoters, organizers, distributors, technicians, piano fans, and pretty much anyone else who has anything to do with the instrument take part.
Hammered dulcimers were the first stringed instruments to be played in Europe after the Middle Ages. In the 17th century, after many failed efforts to make stringed keyboard instruments, the clavichord and the harpsichord were finally made.
From 1790 to 1860, when Mozart was alive, the piano went through changes that led to its current shape. These changes were made because musicians and pianists wanted sounds that were stronger and lasted longer. Over time, the piano’s range of tones went from five to seven octaves.
The piano and everything related to it are honoured on World Piano Day. This day honours the music of the past and shows how it has changed over time. So, on this 88th day of the year, we get together to celebrate one of the best instruments ever made and all the people who make this day possible.
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WORLD PIANO DAY ACTIVITIES
Play the keyboard
Pianists can enjoy this day by playing a beautiful piece on their instruments. So, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced musician, you have no reason not to start learning that new piece you’ve been meaning to for a while.
Find out how to play the piano.
If you’ve always wanted to learn how to play the piano but have never had the chance, now is your chance. Commit to learning how to play the piano by starting with online lessons for beginners and then, if you’re still interested, signing up for professional piano classes.
Come to the party!
Enjoy some classical music while you’re driving or at home. You could also go to a concert and ask your friends and family to celebrate with you.
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5 MELODIOUS FACTS ABOUT THE PIANO
An instrument that is soft and loud
The first name for the piano was “gravicembalo col piano e forte,” which means “harpsichord with soft and loud notes.”
Middle C is not in the centre
Middle C is not exactly in the middle of a piano keyboard. The spot between E and F above middle C is.
A very complicated machine
A piano is made up of 12,000 parts, and 10,000 of them move.
The piano that costs the most
This award goes to the galaxy piano, whose body is made of 24-karat gold and costs $1.36 million.
So much stress
Most piano strings have a tension of about 168 pounds, and most pianos have a total strain of 18 to 20 tonnes.
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