Francis King

4.75 star(s) from 4 votes

Pianist and Keyboardist with the Ulster Orchestra for many years, I teach in the City of Belfast School of Music, the Ulster College of Music (Windsor Avenue, Belfast) and in Bangor Co Down. I teach piano to all ages, children and adults, from beginners through to advanced and diploma students, and also the full range of Theory and Aural training. I accompany graded exams and diplomas, GCSE and A-level exams in schools in the Greater Belfast and Bangor areas..
Many years teaching piano in Queen’s University, Belfast and the New University of Ulster at Jordanstown, playing in recitals and recordings for BBC Northern Ireland, accompanying some of the finest instrumentalists and singers in the UK and Ireland and Repetiteur with Opera Northern Ireland.

 

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Did You Know Piano Facts

1709
The year 1709 is the one most sources give for the appearance of aninstrument which can truly be called a "Pianoforte." The writer Scipione Maffei wrote an article that year about the pianoforte created by Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655-1732), who had probably produced four "gravicembali col piano e forte" or harpsichords with soft and loud. This instrument featured the first real escapement mechanism and is often called a "hammer harpsichord." The small hammers were leather covered. It had bichords throughout, and all the dampers were wedge-shaped. By 1726 he seems to have fitteda stop for the action to make the hammers strike only one of twostrings. He had produced about twenty pianos by this time and thenhe is presumed to have gone back to making harpsichords,probably from the lack of interest in his pianos. Three of hispianos remain extant today: one with four octaves, dated 1720, is in NewYork; one with four and a half octaves, from 1726, is in Leipzig,Germany; and there is one in Rome from 1722. There are approximately ten plucked instruments surviving today with the name Cristofori on them.