The pianoforte, commonly abbreviatit tae piano,[1] is a muisical instrument played uisin a keybuird.

Two pianos - grand piano and upright piano.jpg
A grand piano (left) an an upricht piano (richt)
Keybuird instrument
Hornbostel–Sachs classification314.122-4-8
(Simple chordophone wi keyboard soondit bi hammers)
Inventor(s)Bartolomeo Cristofori
DevelopedEarly 18t century
Playin range
Range of piano.svg


  1. "Definition of "pianoforte" in the Oxford Dictionary". Oxford University Press.