Piano Pins, National Piano Month and 300 Years
Although piano pins may seem to have nothing in common with September, they’re really closely related. Every month someone is celebrating something and September is no different. From Labor Day on the first Monday of September, to International Talk Like A Pirate Day in mid-September, the holidays and celebrations range from days of remembrance to days of fun. And in the case of honoring the piano, the entire MONTH of September has been dedicated. Each September is considered National Piano Month, a time to encourage and appreciate piano music. So you see, piano pins and September go together like macaroni and cheese.
Although the piano as we know it now has only been around for about 300 years, there were many predecessor instruments dating back as far as the 14th century, from simpler instruments such as the dulcimer, to the more refined harpsichord. Bartolomeo di Francesco Cristofori, a harpsichord maker from Italy, was the first to display an instrument most similar to the modern piano. His gravicembalo col piano e forte, which roughly meant “soft and loud keyboard instrument”, was exhibited in 1709. This new instrument allowed performers to alter tone and volume with only the force of their fingers, and due to its refined touch, more musicians began composing for keyboards.
Today, along with the traditional piano, there are many other versions of the instrument. Digital pianos, player pianos (similar to the paper roll pianos from old movies), and piano software, helps provide a wide range of options for performers and those learning to play. And with a wide range of music choices as well, everything from classical to new age, the piano is an instrument that reaches across boundaries. So this September, celebrate National Piano Month by taking piano lessons, listening to piano music, or even wearing piano pins. PinProsPlus can help you design piano lapel pins that show your love and support for this eternal instrument. Or they can help you create a pin for other instruments. After all, as we’ve learned, every month and day can be used to celebrate something, even musical instruments.