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Description of the Clavichord
Definition and description of the
Clavichord: The Clavichord can be described as an early stringed
instrument like a piano but with more delicate sound.
Family of Instruments: The
Clavichord belongs to the family of String instruments.
History of the Clavichord
The history of the Clavichord. As
the Greek modes formed the basis for the musical system of the church,
so the Greek monochord is the type from which the monks evolved what
they called the clavichord. The monochord has a movable bridge,
therefore some time is lost in adjusting it in order to get the
different tones. To obviate this inconvenience, a number of strings were
placed side by side, and a mechanism inserted which, by pressing a key (clavis),
would move the bridge to the point at which the string must divide to
give the note indicated by the key. This made it possible to use one
string for several different notes, and explains why the clavichord or
clavicembalo needed comparatively few strings. This instrument became
obsolete toward the end of the eighteenth century.
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