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Origin of harpsichord
Examples from the Web for harpsichord
Sitting up there at that little spindly-legged organ, he looked enormous, bigger than life, like a gorilla at a harpsichord.
The invention which overthrew the clavichord and the harpsichord and brought into existence the piano was the hammer action.How Music Developed|W. J. Henderson
On his disappearing, the person who before had played the second harpsichord demanded the first.Musical Myths and Facts, Volume II (of 2)|Carl Engel
I am very fond of books and music; my harpsichord was my delight.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete|Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
My harpsichord, monsieur; it was so perfect that it enticed me toward earthly things; I condemned it this morning.The Regent's Daughter|Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
A harpsichord occupied one corner of the room, and an elaborate bookcase, well-filled with splendidly bound volumes, another.The Golden Dog|William Kirby
Word Origin for harpsichord
1610s, from French harpechorde "harp string," from Modern Latin harpichordium (cf. Italian arpicordo), from harpa (see harp (n.)) + chorda "string" (see cord). The -s- is unexplained, but it is attested in the earliest English forms.
A stringed keyboard instrument much used in the baroque era in music. The keys of a harpsichord move small devices that pluck the strings; the strings are not struck with hammers, as in a piano. Thus, although harpsichords often look much like pianos, their characteristic tinkly sound is unlike that of the piano, and a harpsichordist cannot change the volume of the sound by striking the keys harder, as a pianist can.