There should be no doubt that the astounding volume of music composed for the piano, solo or orchestra, shared in the influences that eventually brought it to center stage in concert halls and living rooms around the world.
The men (and women) who composed such music were as disparate in personality, polish and popularity as was their music. Accordingly the work of each may be considered for just how, and how much, it influenced the musical culture of their day and since.
The names of certain composers, of course, are recognizable even by those with only a passing knowledge or interest in pianos or music. Others may be more obscure but perhaps no less influential among other composers and artists.
Even though we focus on the piano as an instrument on this site, there is no way we can completely ignore the composers who did so much to increase its prevalence. And so from time to time we will explore the lives and the work of those who devoted so much to writing great music for the piano.