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World Encyclopedia

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Encyclopedias
Length:
56 words

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

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)
Length:
119 words
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 family

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The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Music
Length:
393 words

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

harpsichord

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Jeremy Montagu

The Oxford Companion to Music

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Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Music
Length:
1,653 words
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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

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The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Music
Length:
171 words
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

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