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cla·vier

 (klə-vîr′, klā′vē-ər, klăv′ē-)
n. Music
1. A keyboard.
2. A stringed keyboard instrument, such as a harpsichord.

[German Klavier, from French clavier, from Old French, key-bearer, from Latin clāvis, key.]

clavier

(kləˈvɪə; ˈklævɪə)
n
(Instruments)
a. any keyboard instrument
b. the keyboard itself
[C18: from French: keyboard, from Old French (in the sense: key bearer), from Latin clāvis key]

cla•vier1

(kləˈvɪər, ˈklæv i ər, ˈkleɪ vi-)

n.
the keyboard of a musical instrument.
[1700–10; < French; Old French: keyholder < Latin clāvi(s) key]

cla•vier2

(kləˈvɪər, ˈklæv i ər, ˈkleɪ vi-)

n.
any keyboard musical instrument.
[1835–45; < German Klavier < French clavier keyboard]
cla•vier′ist, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.clavier - a bank of keys on a musical instrumentclavier - a bank of keys on a musical instrument
accordion, piano accordion, squeeze box - a portable box-shaped free-reed instrument; the reeds are made to vibrate by air from the bellows controlled by the player
keyboard - device consisting of a set of keys on a piano or organ or typewriter or typesetting machine or computer or the like
pipe organ, organ - wind instrument whose sound is produced by means of pipes arranged in sets supplied with air from a bellows and controlled from a large complex musical keyboard
forte-piano, piano, pianoforte - a keyboard instrument that is played by depressing keys that cause hammers to strike tuned strings and produce sounds
2.clavier - a stringed instrument that has a keyboard
cembalo, harpsichord - a clavier with strings that are plucked by plectra mounted on pivots
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
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Le trio a egalement convie sur scene deux musiciens algeriens, avec qui le trio avait eu le temps de repeter, a la percussion et aux claviers, donnant ainsi une nappe melodique supplementaire et des rythmes maghrebins aux compositions de jazz et d'ethno- jazz sur lesquelles les musiciens et le public se sont laches.
But it's the surrounding characters who give the film its special comic flavor, from Francois Claviers lantern-jawed cop who pops up in the most unlikely places, to Armand's boss, played by Pascal Aubert, who casually asks his employee for a very special favor.
With: Ludovic Berthillot, Hafsia Herzi, Pierre Laur, Luc Palun, Pascal Aubert, Francois Clavier, Bruno Valayer, Jean Toscan.
But I doubt even Posh Spice or the ever-expanding Jolie-Pitt clan can possibly have a view to rival that from the terrace at La Lioure - the house I, my other half and four year-old daughter, are calling home for a week in Claviers, one of the Riviera's Villages Perche.
Thousands of wild boar are said to roam the woodland beneath us and the visitor book at La Lioure tells of meeting the animals on the path walking back from Claviers village at night.
But I doubt even Posh Spice or the ever-expanding Jolie-Pitt clan can possibly have a view to rival that from the terrace at La Lioure - the house I, my other half and four-year-old daughter, are calling home for a week in Claviers, one of the Riviera's Villages Perche.
Originally from South Broomhill near Morpeth, they set up home in Claviers in Provence eight years ago.
The three-part Contrapunctus 13 appears in the appendix to P200 and in the later published Art of Fugue in an arrangement by Bach for two claviers, enriched by an additional free voice.
I see it clearly: with the claviers made up to this time, there is nothing new to discover any more.
Former hotelier Mr Barrass, 69, and his 67-year-old wife had lived in Claviers in the picturesque Provence area of the Var for about eight years, after moving to France when they retired.
The modest technical demands of the music and the small proportions of the movements--they range from fourteen to thirty-six measures in length--reflect Schultheiss's desire to provide playable pieces for "allen Liebhabern des Claviers," as he put it on the title page of part 1.
The revised Schmieder catalogue gives only a partial update of the basic information, and it is unclear when the forthcoming Bach-Compendium volume, covering the clavier works, will finally emerge.