From the Library: Keyboards

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by Edward Pearse on Thursday, 8 July, 2010

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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