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Good to know: the Bösendorfer extra keys

From: wikipedia : Bösendorfer pioneered the extension of the typical 88-key keyboard, creating the Imperial Grand (Model 290), which has 97 keys (eight octaves). [..] The extra keys, at the bass end of the keyboard, were originally hidden beneath a hinged panel [..] As very little other music makes direct use of the extra strings, they usually contribute to the piano's sonic character not through being played directly but by resonating, when other strings in the piano are struck, contributing additional body to the tone. Moreover, the bass notes of the Bösendorfer, including the extra bass keys, are very powerful, adding volume in demanding literature.

Notes by Willem Moors. Generated on nini:/home/willem/sync/20140923_blog at 2018-06-16 11:17