The piano is a stringed instrument, but it is sometimes classified as a percussion instrument because the sound comes from little hammers 'hitting' the strings. The word piano is the Italian word for 'quiet'- but it's only half the story. The original name for the piano was the 'pianoforte', or soft and loud, because it was the first keyboard instrument that could produce a wide range of volumes depending upon how the keys were struck. It was invented by Bartolomeo Cristofori in the early 1700s.

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