M asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 2 days ago

Does the piano back in Napoleon's time the same as the ones we have today?

Do they sound/play alike?

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  • Anonymous
    2 days ago

    No, in Napoleon's day they played the harpsichord. A harpsichord and piano sound different, and the piano has many more keys. There are other differences as well.

    https://jytpianist.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/differ...

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  • Anonymous
    2 days ago

    Not exactly. The fortepiano was the more common version during Napoleon lifetime. It was pretty much right after he died that the piano as we more commonly know it today was being developed. 

    The forte piano is an all wood construction so it's strung with lighter/less tense strings and overall smaller in size. This make it less loud and more delicate in tone than the modern grand pianos with cast iron frames. 

    A good comparison is classical/Spanish guitars with nylon strings vs. the larger steel string acoustic guitars you see all over pop music today.  

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  • 2 days ago

    Yes, of course.  If you want to hear what an old piano sounds like just Google "world's oldest piano".

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