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The mechanism of a pf., org., or similar instr. which connects the kbd. and str., or the pipes and stops.
clavichord

clavichord  

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Small kbd. instr. developed in 14th cent. from the monochord and sometimes called clarichord or manichord or chekker. The early clavichord used the same str. to produce 2, 3, or 4 notes by stopping ...
clavicymbal

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Eng. form of It. clavicembalo, i.e. harpsichord.
damper

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The device which stops (‘damps’) the vibration of strings on keyboard instruments or of the membrane of a drum. On harpsichords it is a cloth flag in the top of ...
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1 (Fr.). A variation, especially one with elaborate ornamentation. Similar to Eng. ‘division’.2 Indicates a lower octave, e.g. double bassoon plays an octave below bassoon.3 Singers who perform two ...
harpsichord

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World Encyclopedia

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2004
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Keyboard instrument. Its metal strings are mechanically plucked by quill plectrums. Its volume can barely be regulated, although stops may

Harpsichord

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance

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2005
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A stringed keyboard instrument where the sound is produced by a plectrum mounted on a jack plucking the string. The jack then returns to its original position and a felt damper touches the ... More
Harpsichord

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The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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2009
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As it plucks rather than strikes strings, this keyboard instrument has more resonance than the piano. Its potential impact on pop, however, has been blunted by the fine line between an ... More
harpsichord

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Jeremy Montagu

The Oxford Companion to Music

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A class of keyboard string instruments, on all of which sound is produced by the plucking of the strings with a plectrum of quill, leather, or today often plastic....

harpsichord family

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The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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The harpsichord is a wing‐shaped keyboard instrument in which the strings are plucked mechanically; the family of instrs incl. *...

keyboard instrument

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Large group of musical instruments played by pressing keys on a keyboard. Notes are sounded by hitting or plucking a string (as in the piano or harpsichord), passing air through ...
musical instruments

musical instruments  

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Took a lead from the natural distribution of sound amongst human voices (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) and were organized into families with the same instrument appearing in different sizes (e.g. ...
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Abbreviation of piano (It., soft), hence pp, ppp, and sometimes even quieter (Verdi optimistically uses pppp in his Requiem, also Elgar in Enigma Variations).
piano

piano  

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The piano, or pianoforte, is a musical instrument with a keyboard which is struck by the fingers, each key being connected to a hammer which strikes a tuned string and ...
plectrum

plectrum  

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Small thin piece of horn, wood, tortoiseshell, metal, ivory, or other material used to pluck the str. of certain str. instrs. such as zither, mandolin, lyre, lute, banjo, etc. On the hpd. it is a ...
quills

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Small tongues made from goose quill, leather, or plastic, set in harpsichord jacks to pluck the strings. See harpsichord; plectrum.
soundboard

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The thin sheet of wood under the strings of a harpsichord, pianoforte, zither, etc., which converts the vibrations of the strings, transmitted via one or more bridges, into audible sound waves.[...]
spinet

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(Fr. Épinette; It. spinetta).Small type of early kbd. instr. of hpd. family in which str. ran diagonally in front of player or more or less parallel to kbd. as on virginals. Often made in uneven ...
virginal

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This word (not of Eng. origin) was used in Eng. as generic term for all types of plucked kbd. instr., but also had specific meaning. First mentioned c.1460, name being used in Fr. and Ger. Typical ...
Wanda Landowska

Wanda Landowska  

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(b Warsaw, 1877; d Lakeville, Conn., 1959).Polish‐born harpsichordist and pianist. Settled in Paris 1900, touring Europe and USA in recitals of baroque mus. on pf. and hpd. Head of hpd. class, Berlin ...

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