What musical instrument has black keys and white keys?
Origin of the piano
The earliest piano was called the ‘pianoforte’ (Italian term) which is derived from the word ‘fortepiano’ which is another Italian term for soft (piano), and loud (forte). This term refers to the ability of the instrument to sound loud or soft depending on the musician’s playing.
In the 1800s the grand piano evolved to become louder. This included adding cast iron frames (which made them very heavy and difficult to move) but ideal for the Romantic era of music.