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Corrected: The Piano Player Newsletter Issue #72, History of the Piano
September 13, 2022

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"The Piano Player" Issue #72, September 2022

In This Issue:

History of the Piano

Hello again!

I am resending this newsletter since the link to the classical sheet music was not working. Sorry about that. So here it is again! I hope you'll find something fun to play!


In this month's issue, we'll focus on piano history. It's fascinating to learn a bit about the inventions, developments, and changes that our instrument has gone through throughout history.

You will also get Classical sheet music to print and play. While playing the music, you might ponder the type of piano available at the time it was composed and what sound that keyboard instrument produced. Often very different from contemporary pianos.

Have fun digging deeper!🎹

Happy Practicing,


Piano History - A Fascinating Story

Discover piano history and the development of pianos and keyboards. Join in an easy read, exploring the history of our favorite instrument, from it's origins until today.

Who invented the piano? The history of the piano is a fascinating story that originates from approximately 2300 years ago. It's a journey to ancient times and back again...


The History of the Piano From the Romantic Era to Today

The piano became more popular than ever during the Romantic Era (approx. late 1700's-mid 1800s).

Around 1800, the upright piano was invented. It had a louder sound than the Square piano, which also had been a popular and practical instrument for the home. It did not take up too much space, so it was a suitable replacement.

The romantic era generally bloomed with new inventions and often bizarre designs. (Think Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" and "Dracula";- ). The piano was no exception!


Famous Piano Performers

Let's face it, it would be impossible to mention every brilliant and celebrated pianist that ever existed.

But here is a list of some of the most famous and brilliant pianists during the 20th and 21st centuries. You will also be able to view some rare recordings and videos of the greatest classical pianists.


Got Piano Questions?

Ask piano related questions here: Piano Playing Q & A

Piano Playing Story of the Month

I never dreamed of playing Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin

I had piano lessons as a child, never practiced much as my parents can attest to and then quit at 13. High School and teenage interests took over. Fast forward to when my kids started taking piano lessons.

We bought a piano and I tried to play. Although I had some knowledge, it wasn't enough to be able to play the way I wanted to. I was hesitant to take lessons because it felt so intimidating.


Printable Classical Sheet Music

Printable Classical Sheet Music in Levels

Classical piano music can be divided into three main eras;

The Baroque Period (1600-1750) The Classical Period (1750-1820) The Romantic Period (1820-1910)

Music after that is usually just called 20th and 21st-century music, and even Modern. Who knows what these music periods will be named in the future?

Here is a collection of classical piano sheet music organized in levels of difficulty. All are in the public domain, so it is free to print and use. Enjoy!

Printable Classical Sheet Music

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Happy Practicing,

Your Online Piano Coach,


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