The Piano: Instrument Definition, Characteristics and Usage


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What was the most popular keyboard instrument before the Classical Period?

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1. Why was Bartolomeo Cristofori's new keyboard instrument called a pianoforte?

2. How is the Classical-era fortepiano different from the modern piano?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Check your understanding of the piano's place in history and culture with this quiz. Practice questions cover the evolution of the instrument and the significance of the Classical Era in molding piano music.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

With this quiz, test yourself on:

  • How the piano got its name
  • Musical genres that featured the piano
  • The Classical Period's influence on piano music and construction

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - draw the most important information from the lesson about the piano
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information from the related lesson on piano characteristics and history
  • Distinguishing differences - contrast topics from the lesson, such as the fortepiano and the modern piano

Additional Learning

To learn more about characteristics of the piano, review the accompanying lesson called The Piano: Instrument Definition, Characteristics and Usage. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the piano's predecessor
  • Learn who invented the piano
  • Note the effect of the Classical Period on the piano's build and the role of piano music in public and private life
  • Read about several musical genres in which the piano was central