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Resonance body piano

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Grand piano and piano are good examples of the great significance of resonance bodies with regard to volume and sound.

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2018-07-27
The frame and the air in the piano vibrate in resonance with the string that has just been struck. Whereas the more modern grand piano “fills" whole concert halls, its historical predecessor, the spinet, is just loud enough for the living-room. Apart from the volume the tone colour of the spinet is also much thinner. This comparison makes the importance of the resonance body very clear – both generally in the production of sound and specifically in music.

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A practical example from the field of music shows how important the subjects of Physics and Acoustics are for the world of art and communication.

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Sound/acoustics: parameters
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