- an early keyboard instrument producing a soft sound by means of metal blades attached to the inner ends of the keys gently striking the strings.
Origin of clavichord
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At a later period the clavichord was copied by the Germans and Belgians.How the Piano Came to Be
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Mishka had opened the clavichord and was strumming on it with one finger.War and Peace
We remained there the whole day, and I played on the organ and a clavichord.Life Of Mozart, Vol. 2 (of 3)
The clavichord was always built in oblong shape, like our square piano.
This subsequently became the action of the German clavichord.
- 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, chord 1
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