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cembalo Syllabification: cem·ba·lo
Pronunciation: /ˈCHembəˌlō/

Definition of cembalo in English:

noun (plural cembalos)

Another term for harpsichord.
Example sentences
  • The instrumental ensemble he has assembled - the scores that have come down to us do not indicate instrumentation - consists of three violins, two violas, two cellos, two cembalos, two lutes, harp, two flutes, dulzian, and two cornets.
  • In the midst of the orchestra, the cembalo has been placed.
  • The right cembalo in the right hands provides a cleansing of the musical palate, enjoyable to the point of tears.


Mid 19th century: from Italian, shortening of clavicembalo, from medieval Latin clavicymbalum, from Latin clavis 'key' + cymbalum 'cymbal'.



Pronunciation: /-bəlist/
Example sentences
  • At present, he is the solo cembalist of Telemann Institute Japan and director of Collegium Musicum Telemann.
  • At the age of six he studied music with his father, a cembalist, and three years later he turned to composition.
  • The first period, he was an employee in the bank Den Norske Creditbank in Oslo as well as performing as a cembalist and composer.

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