The pianoforte, aft shortent tae piano,[1] is a muisical instrument played uisin a keybuird. Ae body that plays the piano is cried a pianist.[2]

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


  1. "Definition of "pianoforte" in the Oxford Dictionary". Oxford University Press. Archived frae the original on 31 Mairch 2014. Retrieved 24 Mey 2014.
  2. "Definition of PIANIST". (in Inglis). 20 Januar 2024. Retrieved 25 Januar 2024.