Ann Stanford, Ellen Trew, Elizabeth Gibbs, Dana Wortham, Anita Giesenshlag, Patti Maddox, Debi Klein, Carol Thomas, David Ling, Calvin Phillips, Jane Cates, Karen Kindt, Janie Grant, Mary Lou Stanford, Sharon Gresham, Kay Cox, Jan Durant, Ed Beard, Jim Miller, Susan Lee and Georgia Blevins are among those who contributed their time and talent on the Stephen F. Austin A Cappella Choir from 1958 until 1971.  By then the instrument they played was a ‘piano’.  It originally was known as “fortepiano” or “pianoforte”.  Created in Italy, the name came from musical dynamics (volume).  ‘Piano’ is ‘soft’ sound and ‘forte’ is loud.  Since the instrument had a ‘pedal’ that dampened the strings, the volume could be lessend.  I never told the fine young men and women that story and for that I apologize.  They were more than likely told of the origin by their piano teachers.  For years, the ultimate instrument was a ‘grand’.  The power of each was determined by the length of the soundboard.  Sound could also be diminished by lowering the ‘top’.  Now, the electric keyboard offers multi-instrument sounds, including that of the ‘pianoforte’.  You may have wondered why there are 88 keys on a standard keyboard.  Well, I’m glad you asked.  The range of orchestral instruments (high and low tones) required that many options.  There are black and white keys that afford one to play one of the 21 basic keys or modes.   Musical compositions are the same world-wide.  That is the reason music is called “The Universal Language”.  The Key of ‘C’ is the same in every country.  All of this was conquered by all of my fine accompanists over thirteen wonderful years.  I love music theory.  I will offer some basic lessons from time to time, just because I still love to teach.  I originally had my own internet classroom, “The Music Room with Mr. A” back in the 90’s.  It may still be posted on internet.  GOD gave us music to ‘stir the soul’.  AMEN

One thought on “Pianoforte

  1. Love to hear these old Bryan stories. They bring back a lot of memories..good and bad. Keep it up, very enjoyable.


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