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Composers can make pretty god inventors, too. Take a look at our list of important inventions, discoveries and pioneering ideas from musicians, scientists, instrument makers and composers. Just steer clear of Elgar's garden shed…
The Harpsichord enjoyed huge popularity in the Baroque period, but by 1720 an Italian by the name of Bartolomeo Cristofori thought it was time to update it. The keyboard principle was the same, but a series of hammers striking the strings rather than plucking them opened up a whole new range of possibilities for composers and performers.
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