American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An early keyboard instrument with a soft sound produced by small brass wedges striking horizontal strings.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A musical instrument invented in the middle ages, and in general use, especially in Germany, until displaced by the square pianoforte at the end of the eighteenth century. Like the pianoforte, it had a keyboard and a set of strings on a horizontal frame; but the tone was produced by the pressure of a brass “tangent” raised and held against the string, instead of by the stroke of a hammer. This method of tone-production permitted considerable variation in force and in quality. The compass of the clavichord was originally limited to a few tones in diatonic succession, and the advance to a full chromatic scale was made gradually. Tuning in equal temperament was not established until toward the middle of the eighteenth century.
- n. music An early keyboard instrument producing a soft sound by means of metal blades attached to the inner ends of the keys gently striking the strings
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mus.) A keyed stringed instrument, now superseded by the pianoforte. See clarichord.
- n. an early stringed instrument like a piano but with more delicate sound
- From German Klavichord, from Renaissance Latin clavichordium, from clāvis ("key") + chord, string. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English clavicord, from Medieval Latin clāvichordium : Latin clāvis, key + Latin chorda, string; see cord. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“They had organs, lutes, viols, lyres, harps, citherns, horns, and a kind of primitive piano known as the clavichord or the clavicembalo.”
“But through the assistance of a servant, the boy obtained an instrument, which he kept in the garret; and there, when opportunity offered, with the strings of his "clavichord" so covered with pieces of cloth as to deaden the sound, he practised music until he became a proficient in harmony.”
“The fortepiano timbre didn't reveal any new secrets in the solo portions — Bach's writing is still very much modeled on harpsichord/clavichord virtuosity — but when providing a rippling accompaniment to the whole ensemble, the softer, subtler touch made for an invitingly plush sound.”
“The book reaches its poignant finale through lovingly conjured attention to detail, when one of the couple's grandchildren attempts to connect with a fragmented inheritance: "All there is from that world is a locket / showing the infant Mozart playing silence / on a tiny clavichord, behind cracked glass.”
“So, for all the haunting loveliness Kibbey found in an uncredited transcription of Rameau's "L'Egyptienne," the crispness and clarity of the clavichord original was lost.”
“Tureck performed and recorded extensively, playing piano as well as harpsichord, clavichord, and organ.”
“Elsewhere we find a dislocated box-drawer with the letters "CO" (containing two recorders), a jingle ring, a lute, three recorders, two pears, a container of candied fruits (with two spoons), a clavichord, a shin-guard and the golden spur of the Gonfaloniere”
“Note 225: The 15th-century (Italian) treatise by Johannis Gallici, the Liber notabilis musicae, includes an image of "the first stage of the conversion of the monochord into the clavichord.”
“The clavichord, meanwhile, represented an updated version of the monochord,225 reflecting innovations in the compositional methods of counterpoint and musical notation that enabled a player to intone the "perfect consonances" of multiple voices simultaneously.”
“At Urbino, a clavichord rests on the bench below Federico's intarsiated portrait; "strung" with inlaid metal wires, it suggests that the duke did indeed encourage guests to touch the intarsia.”
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