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1. Why was the wooden frame of the early piano unsatisfactory? The wooden frame lacked power in tone because it could withstand the tension of heavier strings 2. Why was the piano such a coveted piece of equipment in middle-class homes in the nineteenth century? Because of its affordable price, the enjoyment, and the status that came with having a piano every aspiring middle-class home in the 19 th century had to have one. 3. What is a "character" piece? These are free, short forms that were created by composer in the 19 th century that didn’t wanted to be confined by the regular balanced forms. These pieces had the ability to project melodious and dramatic moods in a compact form, the character piece was the instrumental equivalent to the song. 4. Why was Chopin known as the "poet of the piano?" Because Chopin only composed music for the piano, and his compositions were so expressive and beautiful he was known as “the poet of the piano” 5. How did Chopin make a living when he moved to Paris? He made his living by being a highly fashionable piano teacher and by selling his music to publishers. 6. Who was George Sand and what was her relationship to Chopin? George Sand was the pen name of Madame Aurore Dudevant who had a ten-year romance with Chopin 7. What kind of piano music is a nocturne?

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