Chords of harmony arise within the interior with the statement of the esteemed piano. For certain, the use and display of a piano within the interior is varied when paired with individual style and personal preferences. That said, a mere visual of this musical instrument of classical distinction within the interior is essential in appreciating its form and function…
The piano is termed as a “musical instrument played using a “keyboard”. Ah, the striking keys of glossy ebony black and white! A complex wooden instrument that holds strings, hammers, pedals and keys to create musical harmony! The word “piano” is a shortened abbreviation of “pianoforte”, the Italian term for the “instrument”, which was taken from “gravicembalo col piano e forte” and “fortepiano”. During the 1400’s keyboards known as the clavichord and the harpsichord were widely used and would eventually lead to the piano. Of interest, the history of the piano dates around 1700 when an Italian harpsichord builder, Bartolomeo Cristofori, created a new mechanism for the harpsichord which gave it “the ability to be played with dynamic variations”. Cristofori termed this “touch-sensitive invention” “gravicembalo col piano e forte”. Of note, the Italian musical terms “piano” and “forte” indicate “soft” and “strong”. It is said that the “Variations in volume are produced in response to a pianist’s touch on the key” and that “the greater the velocity of a key press, the greater the force of the hammer hitting the strings, and the louder the sound of the note produced”. It is interesting to note that the larger the piano the better the sound quality. Ah, the “Grand” pianos! Considered one of the world’s most familiar musical instruments it is easy to acknowledge that there was a time in history when the piano was an integral part of interiors that those who courted their form paired with musical function would gather around. Yet perhaps the piano has always been a focal point when included within the interiors of those that covet its musical cords.
No matter the variation of upright forms of these instruments of distinctive substance, the style and preference is certainly personal. Perhaps many insights can be gained from the placement of the piano in a room. Confidence in layout is perhaps a requirement. For those that love the instrument composed of black and white keys, I say go forth boldly to incorporate it within your interior spaces. Beyond being a larger item to place within your interior world, it is truly a focal point. Part of the decor, the aesthetic, and simultaneously part of a love of music. Of course, there is the added benefit of another surface in which to decorate with personal statements of style. Rooms that incorporate the keys, hammers and pedals of pianos add melodic, visual delight. Form and function. Chords of harmony within the interior. A backdrop of stylish distinction paired with harmony, for certain…
Consider the piano showcased within the interior. For certain, the striking form paired with the glossy black and white keys create a statement within interiors. For the love of music and the appreciation of form and function. Harmony and style, indeed…
PS: During the late 1970’s my Mother finally bought the “Baby Grand” piano that she had always yearned for since her youth. I recall when the large, black, sleek piano arrived. With an expansive “lid” that was propped up by a wooden “vertical” stick, the piano was certainly grand. A focal point. The joy in seeing my Mother’s excitement as her graceful fingers moved swiftly and elegantly floated across the keys was memorable. The musical notes that sailed through the air impacted my memory. The joy of music that carried forward from her youth had never left her. The joy and love of music endures and my appreciation of the piano will also endure….
“The piano is able to communicate the subtlest, universal truths by means of wood, metal and vibrating air”
“The piano keys are black and white but they sound like a million colors in your mind.”
– Maria Cristina Mena