07/25/2013 03:20 pm ET Updated Sep 24, 2013

82nd & Fifth: PHENOMENON by Bradley Strauchen-Scherer

Bartolomeo Cristofori designed the piano as a touch-sensitive instrument--giving the player control over the sound's softness or loudness--which was a revolutionary idea. "It's completely intuitive; it's very responsive; it's incredibly intimate," says curator Bradley Strauchen-Scherer.

Watch a video of the Cristofori Grand Piano being played. Dongsok Shin performs the Giga of Sonata number 6 in B flat major by Lodovico Guistini.