Last year, Google Doodle paid a tribute to Bartolomeo Cristofori, the inventor of the piano, which was a great way to get people talking who may not know who Cristofori is in the first place. But, there’s always room for more, and even the most avid piano players may not know everything there is to know about the famous musician. Here are a few fun facts about Bartolomeo you may not have heard before.
1. Bartolomeo’s invention was actually considered to be the Italian Harpsichord, and he gave it the description, “harpsichord that plays loud or soft.”
2. He went on to create two additional varieties of harpsichord in his life, as well – obviously, they didn’t reach the same level of popularity.
3. Only three original Cristofori pianos are still in existence today: One in Rome, one in New York City, and one in Germany.
4. Bartolomeo was working in his variations of the piano as early as 1698.
5. He was under the employment of the Royal Family of Tuscany during the time he invented the piano.
So, during the holidays, break out one of these fun facts the next time you’re in a music conversation with your family and friends – chances are, they won’t know many, if any of them. Let’s all give credit where it’s due, to Bartolomeo Cristofori.