'... comprehensive in its coverage of the technological history of the piano, with a wealth of detail ...' Early Music Today
'... excellent ... an important addition to an excellent series.' Galpin Society Journal
This is the first comprehensive historical and technological study of the pianoforte. It begins with the earliest manuscript sources and then focuses on the 'invention' of the piano in Florence in 1700. The text is illustrated with many photographs, measurements, line drawings and tables.