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Clavichord          Return to list of instruments

The clavichord (or Clavinet) is a stringed instrument operated by a keyboard, and enclosed in a rectangular box. Clavinet seems to be an alternative name for the clavichord, but in modern times it is applied to a brand of electronic keyboard. 

This is an old European instrument dating from the 1500s, and it was eclipsed by the invention of the piano in around 1770. It has a very soft tone, easily drowned out by other instruments. But it allowed the performer to achieve louder or softer sounds by striking the keys with varying degree of force. Playing a key causes a brass blade called a tangent to press against the string. Early clavichords had a range of only 3 octaves, later ones had 4.

Music featuring the Clavichord. Audio is available for 1 tunes for this instrument.
No.Name of WorkCategoryComposer
1 Two-Part Invention No.08 in FShort PieceBach
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