Guess what! A piano is a keyboard (instrument).

Larry Sheldon LarrySheldon at COX.NET
Sun Mar 18 01:57:41 UTC 2012

On 3/17/2012 8:46 PM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
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> OK, it's /my/ turn to say that I don't see anything unusual. Seems to be
> a bad translation of "Klavier". Just consider what Wiki posits in
> disambiguation of "Clavier":
>> Klavier, the German word used specifically to refer to any sort of
>> piano except grand pianos, but not other keyboard instruments.
> Perhaps it was posted by a French speaker who saw the line just above it.
>> Clavier, the French word for keyboard (either musical or typographical)
> Of course, Bach wrote for neither "keyboard" nor piano. He did, however,
> write for Clavier (in this case, harpsichord==clavicimbalum, or,
> potentially, clavichord, as well as ). Some of the titles are fairly
> routinely presented as "Keyboard concertos" or "concerti". Another
> possible association is "basso continuo", which is even more ambiguous
> in modern terms.
>       VS-)
> PS: Any musicians, please jump in any time...

Among the things I am not is spammer nor musician, but all I remember
from the late lamented vinyl is "Piano Concerto No. ...."

I never heard a piano referred-to as a "keyboard" until they started
call guitars "axes".

And high schools dropped "typing classes" in favor of "keyboarding
skills classes.

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