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date: 18 June 2019

Cristofori, Bartolomeo (b Padua, 4 May 1655; d Florence, 27 Jan. 1732). Italian keyboard instrument maker. 

The Oxford Companion to Music
Alison LathamAlison Latham

He served at the Medici court in Florence from 1690. He experimented with harpsichord construction and in 1700 created an instrument in which the strings were hit with hammers rather than plucked—a forerunner of the piano (... ...

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