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n. pl. cem·ba·los
A harpsichord.

[Italian, short for clavicembalo, from Medieval Latin clāvicymbalum : Latin clāvis, key + Latin cymbalum, cymbal; see cymbal.]

cem′ba·list (-bə-lĭst) n.


n, pl -li (-lɪ) or -los
(Instruments) another word for harpsichord
[C19: shortened from clavicembalo]
ˈcembalist n


(ˈhɑrp sɪˌkɔrd)

a keyboard instrument, precursor of the piano, in which the strings are plucked by leather or quill points connected with the keys, in common use from the 16th to the 18th century, and revived in the 20th.
[1605–15; < New Latin harpichordium (with intrusive -s-). See harp, -i-, chord1]
harp′si•chord`ist, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cembalo - a clavier with strings that are plucked by plectra mounted on pivotscembalo - a clavier with strings that are plucked by plectra mounted on pivots
Klavier, clavier - a stringed instrument that has a keyboard
spinet - early model harpsichord with only one string per note
pair of virginals, virginal - a legless rectangular harpsichord; played (usually by women) in the 16th and 17th centuries


[ˈtʃembələʊ] N (cembalos or cembali (pl)) [ˈtʃembəlɪ]clavicordio m, clave m


n (Mus) → Cembalo nt
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Serie prima: Musica per tastiera, Volume 1: Opera 1, Opera 2, Passatempo al cembalo.
It is interesting that throughout this entire period, Rolla was listed after Vincenzo Lavigna, maestro al cembalo, in the printed programs.
For each production I used one from each culture, and made such combinations as an Otuzumi (Noh drum) and a trumpet in Othello, a cembalo and a Koto (Japanese string instrument) in Romeo and Juliet, a pipe-organ and wadaikos (Japanese drums) in Macbeth.
A cembalo is an alternative name for which keyboard instrument?
Applauded for its revival of Gerald Arpino's "Confetti" during the 2011-12 Season, ARB will present "Viva Vivaldi," set to Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto in D for Violin, Strings and Cembalo.
0121 780 3333; SUNDAY Weik Bosgraaf, recorders, Izhar Eliasm baroque guitar, Allesandro Pianu, cembalo - renaissance music: Birmingham Town Hall, 11am.
The earliest work from the catalogue is the opus 1 Sonate a violino e violoncello e cembalo of the Venetian Giuseppe Trevisani, published in 1706; the last score included, an occasional work by Charles-Louis-Joseph Andre, was published in 1794.
He had already conceived the idea of writing a series of violin sonatas in Mannheim and even acknowledged the impulse for them--the Divertimenti da camera a Cembalo e Violino by the Dresden capellmeister Josef Schuster, which he had sent to his sister Nannerl in October 1777 with the postscript, ".
In ciascuna stavano quattro donne che remavano e una sedeva a poppa suonando il cembalo.
The notes are largely the same, but Wollny has also most usefully given main variants on small ossia staves, something he had already done in his performing version for Barenreiter in 2004 (Sechs Sonaten fur Violine und obligates Cembalo, BWV 1014-1019).