~~January 7, 2014~~
I found a new artist, a great piano player Jervy Hou. There’s hardly any information about him but for the social media outlets like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and the like. Anyway, heard some of this pieces and they are absolutely lyrical, deep, touching and highly inspiring. He will be an artist that I will follow.
Thank you to Kira from ….. http://kiramoorescloset.wordpress.com/ ….. who posted this beautiful piece.
A Breathtaking Piano Piece – Jervy Hou
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To end the day ….. some inspirations about piano music.
The piano is a musical instrument played using a keyboard. It is widely used in classical and jazz music for solo performances, ensemble use, chamber music and accompaniment and for composing and rehearsal. Although the piano is not portable and often expensive, its versatility and ubiquity have made it one of the world’s most familiar musical instruments.
The piano usually has a protective wooden case surrounding the soundboard and metal strings. The metal strings are struck (by internally attached wooden blocks) when the keys are pressed down. But when the particular key(s) are released by the pianist, the strings’ vibration will come to a stop, ultimately putting a stop to the sound made by that key. The note can be prolonged by the use of the pedals (typically pianos have two or three pedals) attached at the bottom of the piano near the pianist’s feet.
Pressing a key on the piano’s keyboard causes a padded (often with felt) hammer to strike steel strings. The hammers rebound, and the strings continue to vibrate at their resonant frequency. These vibrations are transmitted through a bridge to a soundboard that more efficiently couples the acoustic energy to the air. The sound would otherwise be no louder than that directly produced by the strings.
When the key is released, a damper stops the string’s vibration and the sound. See the article on piano key frequencies for a picture of the piano keyboard and the location of middle C. In the Hornbostel-Sachs system of instrument classification, pianos are considered chordophones.
The word piano is a shortened form of pianoforte (PF), the Italian word for the instrument (which in turn derives from the previous terms gravicembalo col piano e forte and fortepiano). The Italian musical terms piano and forte indicate “soft” and “strong” respectively, in this context referring to the variations in sound volume the instrument produces in response to a pianist‘s touch on the keys: 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.
The piano was founded on earlier technological innovations. The first string instruments with struck strings were the hammered dulcimers.During the Middle Ages, there were several attempts at creating stringed keyboard instruments with struck strings. By the 17th century, the mechanisms of keyboard instruments such as the clavichord and the harpsichord were well known. In a clavichord, the strings are struck by tangents, while in a harpsichord they are plucked by quills. Centuries of work on the mechanism of the harpsichord in particular had shown the most effective ways to construct the case, soundboard, bridge, and keyboard for a mechanism intended to hammer strings.
The invention of the modern piano is credited to Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655–1731) of Padua, Italy, who was employed by Ferdinando de’ Medici, Grand Prince of Tuscany, as the Keeper of the Instruments. He was an expert harpsichord maker, and was well acquainted with the body of knowledge on stringed keyboard instruments. It is not known exactly when Cristofori first built a piano. An inventory made by his employers, the Medici family, indicates the existence of a piano by the year 1700; another document of doubtful authenticity indicates a date of 1698.
The three Cristofori pianos that survive today date from the 1720s.
Almost every modern piano has 52 white keys and 36 black keys for a total of 88 keys (seven octaves plus a minor third, from A0 to C8). Many older pianos only have 85 keys (seven octaves from A0 to A7). Some piano manufacturers extend the range further in one or both directions.
Some Bösendorfer pianos, for example, extend the normal range down to F0, and one of their models even goes as far as a bottom C0, making a full eight octave range. These extra keys are sometimes hidden under a small hinged lid that can cover the keys to prevent visual disorientation for pianists unfamiliar with the extra keys, or the colors of the extra white keys are reversed (black instead of white).
The extra keys are added primarily for increased resonance from the associated strings; that is, they vibrate sympathetically with other strings whenever the damper pedal is depressed and thus give a fuller tone. Only a very small number of works composed for piano actually use these notes. More recently, the Stuart and Sons company has also manufactured extended-range pianos, with the first 102 key piano.
On their instruments, the frequency range extends from C0 to F8, which is the widest practical range for the acoustic piano. The extra keys are the same as the other keys in appearance.
The piano is a crucial instrument in Western classical music, jazz, film, television, and most other complex western musical genres. A large number of composers are proficient pianists — and because the piano keyboard offers an easy means of complex melodic and harmonic interplay — the piano is often used as a tool for composition.
~~ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL PIECE … JERVY HOU IN ACTION!~~
Say Something – A Great Big World Piano Cover (Live)
Published on Jan 3, 2014