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COFFEE BREAK | The World's Oldest Surviving Piano Sounds Better That You'd Think

By Ludwig Van on December 7, 2016

MUST WATCH: This amazing video features a performance of one of the piano pieces ever written, played on the oldest known piano in the world.
Watch an amazing video featuring a performance of one of the first piano pieces ever written, played on one of the first pianos ever made.

Preserved historical instruments provide a tangible link to our musical past. But pianos are delicate creatures, and unlike violins, violas, and cellos, don’t always age very well.

So when we find a video featuring a performance on a piano nearly 300 years old that sounds as good and this, it’s a special treat.

This priceless instrument was made in 1720 by the inventor of the piano, Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655-1731). The video features pianist Dongsok Shin performing one of the first pieces ever written for the piano — a Sonata composed in 1732 from the 12 Sonate da cimbalo di piano e forte detto volgarmente di martelletti, Op. 1, by Lodovico Giustini (1685-1743).

The early fortepiano is part of the collections at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and is the oldest of three surviving Cristofori pianos.

Take a listen here:

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