harp·​si·​chord | \ ˈhärp-si-ˌkȯrd How to pronounce harpsichord (audio) \

Definition of harpsichord

: a stringed instrument resembling a grand piano but usually having two keyboards and two or more strings for each note and producing tones by the plucking of strings with plectra

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harpsichordist \ ˈhärp-​si-​ˌkȯr-​dist How to pronounce harpsichordist (audio) \ noun

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Ogg returned to join Cho at the harpsichord for a four-handed Mozart Sonata that was the most unabashedly fun adventure of the evening. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: Early Music Festival brings fresh energy to old sounds," 2 Aug. 2019 The backward effects, including a guitar solo, and the swirling harpsichord sound over the cool relentless drone. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Before 'Yesterday,' Global Beatles Day celebrates unforgettable Fab Four," 25 June 2019 Accompanying instrumentalists -- two violins, a gamba, two theorbos (bass lutes), baroque harp and two harpsichords -- are divided at back corners of the stage. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Coming-of-age story packs an emotional wallop with its premiere at opera festival," 18 June 2019 Leading from the harpsichord, Mr. Bicket and his forces balanced those elements from... Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Semele’ Review: A Delicious Mashup of Genres," 15 Apr. 2019 From the harpsichord, Bezuidenhout deftly carried out the double duties of continuo and conductor, the symmetrical orchestra played with plenty of heart, and as soloists, the eight singers were unassailable. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Bushels of Bach at Boston Early Music Festival," 12 June 2019 Pilgrim Chamber Players: Harpsichordist Jory Vinikour joins the ensemble for its season finale, a program of works for harpsichord, flute and strings by Bach, Rameau and Walter Leigh. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Recommended Chicago classical concerts for June 1-7," 31 May 2018 Jennifer Paulino, Elaine Thornburgh Soprano; harpsichord. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Classical music and dance listings," 31 May 2018 Here near the borders of Brazil and Paraguay, harpsichords and lutes can be found in the smallest villages. Nicholas Casey, New York Times, "Jesuit Legacy in the Bolivian Jungle: A Love of Baroque Music," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of harpsichord

1611, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for harpsichord

modification of Italian arpicordo, from arpa harp + corda string

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The first known use of harpsichord was in 1611

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English Language Learners Definition of harpsichord

: a musical instrument that is similar to a piano but with strings that are plucked rather than struck


harp·​si·​chord | \ ˈhärp-si-ˌkȯrd How to pronounce harpsichord (audio) \

Kids Definition of harpsichord

: a keyboard instrument similar to a piano with strings that are plucked

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