Essay. The Viennese school of piano making produced one of the two distinct types of piano to develop in the eighteenth century. Like its counterpart, the English piano, the so-called Viennese piano began as a regional tradition and was first built by makers and players mostly in Austria and southern Germany.
Harpsichords were more expensive clavichords and became a fad in sixteenth and seventeenth century England. The harpsichord was a particularly important development leading to the invention of the piano. However, the harpsichord was limited to one, unvarying volume. Its softness and loudness remained the same while playing.