Washington, May 4: Google on Monday marks 360th birth anniversary of Paino inventor, Bartolomeo Cristofori, Born in 1655 in Padua which was then called the Republic of Venice, Cristofori's biggest contribution to the world of music was creating a hammer mechanism which helped in producing soft and loud sound that ultimately led to the invention of the Pianoforte or Piano.
"The use of a hammer made it possible to produce softer or louder sounds depending upon how light or hard a player pressed on the keys”, Google said in an article.
“In fact, that's how Cristofori's new instrument got its name -- in Italian, piano means soft, while forte means loud. Being able to change the volume was a major breakthrough," Google added.
The mechanism is vividly shown in the doodle which showcases an animated version of Cristofori playing the musical instrument. As Cristofori presses the keyboard a hammer can be seen striking the string and thus producing sound.
Alongside the doodle, is a sidebar which gives the viewer an option of increasing the volume of the piano. When the viewer scrolls up the bar the volume of the sound produced increases.
Considered the “king” of musical instruments, the piano has proved a key vehicle for the genius of Frédéric Chopin, Ludwig van Beethoven and many other composing greats.
The piano was not a voilà ’invention — Cristofori’s first incarnation was built in 1709 but it took 17 more years before he created a version that encompassed all the elements of the modern-day piano.