Monday, 16 March 2015


When is a piano not a piano? When it is 2 pianos of the same size put together, one on top of the other, on a special structure which has a keyboard (called a pedalboard) played by the feet, the sort of thing you see in pipe organs. It is a pedal piano and was part of the evolution of keyboard instruments.

I learned all this at a most interesting piano recital at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire.  Roberto Prossedo, not... not Prosseco ... from Italy played for an hour and let us have a look at the instrument brought from Italy.

It developed in the early days of the piano as we know it today (early 1119th century) and was a welcome instrument for organists who wanted to practice.  It meant that they did not have to sit in a freezing cold church and also they did need someone to work the bellows!

Photos: mine on the top and the other 2 are from Wikipedia.

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