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#beginquote# Keyboard along with organ, harpsichord, etc. I suppose an argument could be made for the "percussion" classification, but consider this. A percussionist is expected to cover percussion parts in wind ensemble, chamber, and orchestral music, right? Do percussionsts or pianists move to play the piano parts in peices like Gillingham's "The Echo never Fades", Copland's "Appalachian Suite", or Bartok's "Sonata for two Pianos and percussion"? Pianists do, because we percussionsts have enough instruments to worry about playing well without having to study the immense repertoire required of pianists. Thank you! Even the title of the Bartok, Two pianists and percussion indicates that piano should be considered a seperate section. Otherwise it would need to be retitled - For Four percussionsts (which is already taken by Ronald Keezer) Percussion is anything struck, scraped, or shaken, so I guess piano is technically a percussion instrument, but realistically it's more of a keyboard instrument. Two exceptions I can think of is Varese's Ionization and Some of John Cage's music which uses piano in a very percussive manner #endquote#
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