From the Library: Keyboards

Key­boards are a rel­a­tive­ly recent addi­tion to the musi­cal instru­ment fam­i­ly, going back only a few hun­dred years. Start­ing with the harp­si­chord, the keys caused the strings inside to be plucked. This lat­er evolved into the pianoforte where the keys were struck with a ham­mer. This also allowed for the vol­ume of the note to be con­trolled hence the name “piano”=soft “forte”=loud.

The key­board was also adapt­ed to organs which allowed air to go through pipes via bel­lows or steam.

Today’s From the Library pro­gramme fea­tures music from all three instru­ments. Some­times as solo per­for­mances, oth­ers as part of an orches­tral piece.

From the Library is pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme now in-world at, or click one of the but­tons below. Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Edward Pearse.

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For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world

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