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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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The young people, at the countess' instigation, gathered round the clavichord and harp.
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:
This is the first complete recording of both sets that Howells composed for the instrument, Lambert's Clavichord and Howells' Clavichord, which Perkins plays on three instruments.
Solo instrument: (with or without keyboard, including methods and etudes): Scores for unaccompanied organ, piano, harpsichord, clavichord, electronic keyboard, and similar instruments.
There are also many restaurants and clubs including the Clavichord Club nearby.
Besides a conference room, fitness centre and spa, the hotel's offering includes Nay, a restaurant serving Mediterranean and Arabian cuisine, and The Clavichord music lounge, playing jazz and live music, and serving international tapas.
This lovers-with-music vignette is replicated in "Toccata" in the scene in the theatre or salon, where the lovers sit next to each other whilst listening to Galuppi playing his toccata at the clavichord (ll.
In planning a trip to China in 1601, Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci gathered gifts including a clavichord.
The piano responds to one's technique, and it produces sounds accordingly, has all the expressiveness of the clavichord and can be louder than the harpsichord, is limited in the amount of sound it can produce and in the responsiveness of its mechanism, and is a percussion instrument and notes tend to sound isolated from one another.
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.
A Bach masterpiece with no religious affiliation suggests the true tendency of the composer's pious heart: "Nowhere so well as in the Well-tempered Clavichord are we made to realize that art was Bach's religion.