square piano

Collins
World English Dictionary
square piano
 
n
music an obsolete form of piano, horizontally strung and with an oblong frame

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Britannica
Encyclopedia

square piano

musical instrument that was popular for domestic music-making from the time of its invention in the mid-18th century (possibly by the Saxon organ-builder Ernst Christian Friderici) to about 1860 in Europe and to about 1880 in the United States. This type of piano was introduced in France by the instrument-builder Sebastien Erard (c. 1777) and was already popular in England after about 1760, thanks largely to the efforts of Johann Christoph Zumpe and other immigrant German builders, who concentrated on building square pianos with a simple, so-called single action (mechanism) that was adequate for the demands of most salon music.

Learn more about square piano with a free trial on Britannica.com.

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature