Definition of harpsichord in English:


Line breaks: harp¦si|chord
Pronunciation: /ˈhɑːpsɪkɔːd


A keyboard instrument with horizontal strings which run perpendicular to the keyboard in a long tapering case, and are plucked by points of quill, leather, or plastic operated by depressing the keys. It is used chiefly in European classical music of the 16th to 18th centuries.
More example sentences
  • I plan to visit museums where there are early keyboard instruments, either harpsichords or clavichords.
  • Clavier or Klavier normally meant the clavichord, whereas the harpsichord was usually called Instrument or Cembalo.
  • Her harpsichord and clavichord playing has influenced her piano playing, for example.


early 17th century: from obsolete French harpechorde, from late Latin harpa 'harp' + chorda 'string' (the insertion of the letter s being unexplained).



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  • Ledbetter is a specialist in early music, a harpsichordist, historian and composer, with other writings including Harpsichord and Lute Music in 17 th-Century France and Continuo Playing According to Handel.
  • A child of Johann Sebastian's first marriage, he was universally recognised as being one of the greatest harpsichordists of all time.
  • Carl Philipp Emmanuel studied music only with his famous father, and he must have been a brilliant keyboard player; the future Frederick the Great chose the young man to be his harpsichordist, a post he held for almost 30 years.

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