O'Reilly logo

Composing with Finale® by Mark Johnson

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Chapter 9. Piano Scores

As far as musical innovations are concerned, the invention of the pianoforte with touch-sensitive dynamic functionality, sustain-pedal support, and an expansive range arguably ushered in a golden age of creativity and expression. Never before had an individual been given simultaneous power over so many aspects of the music. How hard should I strike each key? When should I depress the damper? Or, much later, with what implement should I reach into the piano and pluck the strings manually? Despite this new tool’s complexity, composers delighted in exploiting the bounty of options to their fullest, and virtuosos spent lifetimes mastering them.

While our instrument also includes a bounty of options, I sincerely hope you will ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required