Clavichord - (Musical Instrument) Glossary of Antique Terms C

Clavichord - (Musical Instrument) A small rectangular musical instrument, with strings and a keyboard, that dates from the thirteenth century. The mechanism comprises strips of metal, the tangents, which are attached to the ends of the keys. When a key is depressed the appropriate tangent rises and strikes the string, causing it to vibrate. English clavichords are so rare that the collector can forget about them; but as the instrument continued to be made on the Continent till the beginning of the nineteenth century there is still some scope in that direction.

The Clavichord (Cambridge Musical Texts and Monographs)The Clavichord (Cambridge Musical Texts and Monographs)


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