Updated 15 May 2008 Piano Sonata "Gravicembalom": Original composition for piano by Albert Syeles Here is the first movement in sonata-alegro form with fugal development. Also is the beginning of the second which is still under construction. Any suggestions? Now is a great time for feedback on this! The term "Gravicembalom" is a combination: The first Piano was the Gravicembalo col piano e forte "harpsichord with soft and loud" (c.1710), so called by inventor B. Cristofori (1655-1731) of Padua because the ability via dampers to vary the tone is one of the main changes from the harpsichord. The cimbalom, national musical instrument of Hungary, is a type of hammered dulcimer. In the 18th and 19th Century it competed with the new keyboard instruments of the day -harpsichord and clavichord - for popularity in middle Europe. The larger, concert cimbalom, comparable in pitch range (and weight) to a small piano—but still normally played with beaters—was first developed by József Schunda in the 1870s. It stands on four legs, has many more strings, and the later models had a damping pedal.