Did you know...
in 1709, the Italian Harpsichord maker Bartolomeo Cristofori constructed the world's first piano. However, the piano did not become the instrument we know today until a German builder, Gottfried Silbermann worked on it around 1730.
Today's Concert Grand is 9 feet long, a little over 3 feet tall and weighs more than 1000 pounds with almost 1000 working parts!
There is more than 2 TONS of pressure on the strings inside the piano.
The piano in Chopin's time only had 85 keys.
The Latin word "opus" means "work"
The abbreviation BWV in a Bach piece stands for a long German word; Bachwerkeverzeichnis - which means "Bach work catalog."