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Grand Pianos

The grand piano offers a wide dynamic range, rich resonance, diverse tonality, and responsive touch. Only when all of these features are combined are pianists able to fully convey the rich sound expression that composers incorporate into their works.

In grand pianos the frame and strings are horizontal, with the strings extending away from the keyboard. The action lies beneath the strings, and uses gravity as its means of return to a state of rest.

 Sizes of grand piano: 

  • Baby grand (around 1.5 meters [4 ft 11 in])
  • Parlor grand, or boudoir grand (1.7 to 2.2 meters [5 ft 7 in–7 ft 3 in])
  • Concert grand (between 2.2 and 3 meters [7 ft 3 in–9 ft 10 in]

Features of the grand piano include:

  • More rich and varying sonority with wide dynamics-from pianissimo to fortissimo
  •  Smoother sustain
  •  More substantial tone
  •  Higher ability to add subtle expression to notes
  •  Sound is uniform and well balanced
  •  Higher ability of note repetitions

Because these features merge to create "good sound," playing a grand piano enables the pianist to add more vibrant emotional expression to the music than when playing an upright piano.

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