The "piano" means "soft" in Italian. The instrument's name is actually short for "pianoforte" (soft-loud) which is short for β€œgravicembalo col piano e forte” (harpsichord with soft and loud). Calling it "piano" defeats the purpose of its original name that meant to depict its dynamic sound. kitsappianolessons.com/wh…
The fullname of a piano is a "piano forte" since it can be played quietly and loudly unlike the harpsichord. piano-keyboard-guide.com/…
The Viola Organista was an instrument invented by Leonardo Da Vinci that was never actually built, until a polish instrument maker created a real example recently. The instrument is like a piano, but the strings are bowed instead of hit with hammers or plucked like a harpsichord. classicfm.com/music-news/…
Sir Thomas Beecham once described the sound of the harpsichord as "two skeletons copulating on a tin roof." theguardian.com/friday_re…
Domenico Scarlatti's Fugue in G minor (or Cat's Fugue) was inspired by the sound of the notes played when his cat walked across his harpsichord's keyboard. euphonicspace.com/cat-fug…
The piano was originally called the pianoforte and its name is derived from the fact that it can be played soft (piano) and loud (forte) unlike other keyboard instruments preceding it like the harpsichord. dictionary.reference.com/…
The modern piano is an evolution of the Fortepiano, the name for which is actually an abbreviation for "Gravecembalo col Piano e Forte" - meaning "Harpsichord with Soft & Loud." The modern instrument, therefore, is literally known as a "Soft." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
The harpsichord bridge in the Beatles' "In My Life" is actually a piano piece, played back at double speed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_…
Baroque composer Domenico Scarlatti allegedly wrote a piece inspired by his pet cat walking across his harpsichord keyboard en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
The piano solo in The Beatles song "In My Life" is played by their producer George Martin. It was originally played slower and was sped up to make the piano sound like a harpsichord. songfacts.com/detail.php?…
The "harpsichord" solo on the Beatles "In My Life" is not a harpsichord, but a piano played at 2x speed

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_My_Life#Recording

George Martin made it while the Beatles were at lunch and wanted something Baroque sounding, and while he couldn't play a harpsichord speed, he could play the piano at half the speed and an octave lower. When sped up, it gives us the sound we hear in the song.

Harpsichords at the Paris Conservatory were torn apart and burned for firewood after the popularization of the piano. usc.edu/uscnews/stories/1…
Organs are not only older than pianos, but have existed as early as ancient Greece and required multiple people to play them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Org…
On pianos dating from the 18th century when Mozart was alive, the colors of the keys was exactly reversed: the white keys were black and the black keys were white. yamaha.com/en/musical_ins…
Even though the piano creates sound using strings, it is usually classified as a percussion instrument because the strings are hit by hammers to generate the sound, rather than plucked or bowed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pia…
The true name of the piano is actually pianoforte, meaning "soft and loud". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pia…
"Fringe" theme is based on J. S. Bach's music. Now I love this show even more!

J.S.Bach's Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C major, BWV 846: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqMgCYUJBuo (harpsichord, first 2 minutes) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KQW2YnCUrE (piano, first 2 minutes)

"Fringe" theme: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4Vvs_JAh04

edit: As crash7800 explained, "Fringe" theme is not based on this Bach's piece. They only share similar structure. It's so fun! :)

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