- an acoustical instrument dating from antiquity, consisting of an oblong wooden sounding box, usually with a single string, used for the mathematical determination of musical intervals.
Origin of monochord
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The clavichord retained the box shape of its prototype, the monochord.
And I wonder—did or did not Elena learn to play the monochord?
For determining the correct pitch of the notes of the scale he explains the manner of demonstrating them upon the monochord.A Popular History of the Art of Music
W. S. B. Mathews
The monochord originally was used much as we use a tuning fork, to determine true musical pitch.
Monochord means “one string,” and the application of the term to the instrument after other strings had been added was a misnomer.
- an instrument employed in acoustic analysis or investigation, consisting usually of one string stretched over a resonator of woodAlso called: sonometer (səˈnɒmɪtə)
C15: from Old French, from Late Latin, from Greek monokhordon, from mono- + khordē string
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