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An early keyboard instrument with a soft sound produced by small brass wedges striking horizontal strings.

[Middle English clavicord, from Medieval Latin clāvichordium : Latin clāvis, key + Latin chorda, string; see cord.]

clav′i·chord′ist n.


(Instruments) a keyboard instrument consisting of a number of thin wire strings struck from below by brass tangents. The instrument is noted for its delicate tones, since the tangents do not rebound from the string until the key is released
[C15: from Medieval Latin clāvichordium, from Latin clāvis key + chorda string, chord1]
ˈclaviˌchordist n


(ˈklæv ɪˌkɔrd)

an early keyboard instrument producing a soft sound by means of metal blades attached to the keys gently striking the strings.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin clāvichordium < Latin clāvi(s) key + chord(a) chord2]
clav′i•chord`ist, n.
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Noun1.clavichord - an early stringed instrument like a piano but with more delicate soundclavichord - an early stringed instrument like a piano but with more delicate sound
keyboard instrument - a musical instrument that is played by means of a keyboard
stringed instrument - a musical instrument in which taut strings provide the source of sound


[ˈklævɪkɔːd] Nclavicordio m


[ˈklævɪkɔːrd] nclavicorde m


nKlavichord nt
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While you sat and played toccatas stately, at the clavichord,"' Sophie hummed, and, head on one; side, nodded to where the perfect mirror should hang:
The young people, at the countess' instigation, gathered round the clavichord and harp.
Solo instrument (with or without keyboard, including methods and etudes): Scores for unaccompanied organ, piano, harpsichord, clavichord, electronic keyboard, and similar instruments.
On the one hand, the clavichord, which allowed players to control the force and quality of its sound, was so small as to be useless for anything but intimate performances.
Ferruccio Busoni, introduction to The Well-Tempered Clavichord by Johann Sebastian Bach (New York: G.
Rossetti is simply too detail-oriented to have overlooked proper performance practices in these musical portrayals; moreover, though not a trained musician, his upbringing in a well-educated family implies a basic familiarity with musical performance, at least on more common instruments like violin, harp, clavichord, and organ.
But in this gorgeous book is the complete story of it all, including a picture of an automatic doll playing a tune on the clavichord.
As well as a keyboard-player of rare distinction (he played the harpsichord, pipe organ, claviorganum, clavichord and fortepiano), he was also celebrated as a conductor, teacher and scholar.
The sitter might be engaged in playing the piano, sewing or painting denoting her occupation, for example, Lavinia Fontana, Self-Portrait at the Clavichord of 1577 (Accademia di San Luca, Rome) and Sofonisba Anguissola's Self-Portrait at the Easel of 1556 (Muzeum Zamek, Lancut).
Eugene's master organ builder, John Brombaugh, contributed photos of his massive pipe organs - no actual organs, unfortunately, as they tend to be less than portable - as well as a charming clavichord he once built.
She added harpsichord, harmonium and clavichord to her keyboard repertoire, and also included such anomalies as a gospel choir, bagpipes, church bells, and drum programming.