Why does the piano have 88 keys?

Are 88 keys really needed to play classical piano pieces?

I saw this question on Quora, and enjoyed the depth of the responses.

What do I think? For much of the repertoire it’s necessary and it’s a tough bind to be in if you don’t have the keys you need.

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Brian E. Young

I'm a graphic designer (portfolio), classical pianist and artist in Baltimore, MD. I host the Uncanny Creativity Podcast helping to demystify the creative process and creator of Funlooksfun.com, an online shop for apparel and games. Twitter: @sketchee

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