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Thread: Fortepiano vs Modern Piano

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    Default Fortepiano vs Modern Piano

    What is your preference? I have two collections of Mozart's solo piano works; one on fortepiano and one on the modern piano.


    I think I prefer the modern piano.


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    You are confusing the terms "fortepiano" with "pianoforte". A fortepiano was the precursor of the modern piano, a term which was shortened from pianoforte.

    That said, I prefer a good performance no matter which instrument is used, although I think it is easier to put across music from the 18th century on the appropriate period instrument.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SanAntone View Post
    You are confusing the terms "fortepiano" with "pianoforte". A fortepiano was the precursor of the modern piano, a term which was shortened from pianoforte.

    That said, I prefer a good performance no matter which instrument is used, although I think it is easier to put across music from the 18th century on the appropriate period instrument.


    Thanks for the correction. Mods, if you could please correct in the poll and title, I'd appreciate it.

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    It doesn't make any difference to me.

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    I prefer period of instruments for Mozart. Bloated instruments and large orchestras do his music a disservice.

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    I can enjoy either. A modern piano brings a different sound world to this repertoire from what would have been available at the time, and gives the performer more possibilities with some interpretive decisions. However, it can be great to listen to a great performance on the fortepiano too, and that can bring an interesting and different perspective to the music. It has more to do with the performer being sensitive to the music for me, rather than whether the instrument is a piano or fortepiano.

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    I should have added an either option.
    Last edited by Captainnumber36; Dec-18-2021 at 15:51.

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    When HIP players first came out, the fortepiano sounded like a piano with a head cold. I think fortepiano players have finally got to the point that they can make a fortepiano sound like it should, displaying all of its inherent capabilities, so they don't bother me like they used to. But I still prefer a piano.

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    To my ears a fortepiano sounds similar to a harpsichord, with the addition of dynamics. What makes a modern piano sound "modern" is the stability, and added sustain of the brass frame.

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