The Pipe Organ – Keyboard Instruments

Around 200 B.C., the pipe organ appeared in Greece. Scholars argue that Ctesibius of Alexandria, engineer, invented the instrument. Rather than conceived as a musical instrument, for him, the organ acted as a demonstration of hydraulic principles. Thus, the earliest...

The Accordion – Keyboard Instruments

The accordion operates by air pressure and belongs to the aerophone family. Its origins are a source of debate among scholars. Many people credit C. Friedrich L. Buschmann as the accordion’s inventor, while others credit Cyril Demian of Vienna. The latter...

The Piano – Keyboard Instruments

A variety of keyboard instruments existed before the piano. For instance, the hammered dulcimer was the first widely used stringed musical instrument. It holds the credit of being a forerunner of the later piano. It has appeared in the Middle East, Southwest Asia,...

The Orphica – Keyboard Instruments

The orphica is a portable forte-piano instrument originally built in the 18th century. One could consider it a crossbreed between piano and guitar since it can be held on a shoulder strap. This instrument boasts the title as the forerunner of the modern keytar. Carl...

The Clavinet – Keyboard Instruments

The clavinet is an electronically amplified instrument developed and later manufactured by Ernst Zacharias of the Hohner company, which is based in Germany. It’s related to the Clavichord of the late 1700s, a favorite instrument of J.S. Bach. Originally, Hohner...