Cristofori Piano: Sonata No. 6 in B-flat Major, last movement by Lodovico Giustini

Dongsok Shin performs the "Giga" of Sonata No. 6 in B-flat Major by Lodovico Giustini (1685–1743) on the earliest known surviving piano, made by the instrument's inventor, Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655–1731), in Florence, 1720. This sonata is from the 12 Sonate da cimbalo di piano e forte detto volgarmente di martelletti, Op. 1, written in 1732. These are the first known pieces to have been composed specifically for the piano.

Learn more about the Cristofori piano on the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History.

Recorded May 13, 2013

Production support was provided by The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Foundation

A production of the Digital Media Department
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Produced and Directed by Christopher Noey
Edited by Kate Farrell
Camera by Jessica Glass and Kelly Richardson
Lighting by Ned Hallick
Sound Recording and Post-Production Audio by Dave Raymond
Production Coordinator: Stephanie Wuertz
Production Assistants: Sarah Cowan, Maureen Coyle

Organized by the Department of Musical Instruments
J. Kenneth Moore, Frederick P. Rose Curator-in-Charge
Jayson Kerr Dobney, Associate Curator and Administrator
E. Bradley Strauchen-Scherer, Associate Curator
Susana Caldeira, Assistant Conservator
Dongsok Shin, keyboard technician
Joseph Peknik III, Principal Technician
Pamela Summey, Programs Coordinator
Marian Eines, Associate for Administration

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