harp·si·chord | \ˈhärp-si-ˌkȯrd \

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 \ noun

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Elizabeth Blumenstock, Elisabeth Reed, Corey Jamason Baroque violin; baroque cello; harpsichord. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Classical music and dance listings," 19 Apr. 2018 The Baroque guitar's continuo and the delicate accompaniment of Sorrell's harpsichord sounded right at home with the strings, which blended beautifully without losing their individual characters. Special To The Plain Dealer, cleveland.com, "Apollo's Fire heats up CIM in warm-up for Carnegie Hall debut (review)," 19 Mar. 2018 Se Piace Katherine Heater, harpsichord; Anthony Martin, violin. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Classical music and dance listings," 31 May 2018 Up close, the harpsichord can be a wild, prickly beast. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Rebel Harpsichordists," 14 May 2018 Directed from the harpsichord by Mr. Stubbs, the Juilliard415 players ably captured the variety of this remarkable score. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "French Opera Takes Over New York," 23 Apr. 2018 Third on the program will be the quartet composed of Monika Kinstler, violin, Deborah Robin, recorder, Laura Mazza-Dixon, viola da gamba, and Anne Mayo, harpsichord. Courant Community, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 17 Apr. 2018 Dubrovsky’s eight string players, plus Mark Shuldiner on harpsichord and Brandon Acker on theorbo and baroque guitar, include some of the city’s finest period players. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Vivica Genaux delivers exciting Vivaldi vocals with Third Coast Baroque," 8 Apr. 2018 Larson loved music and, in particular, listening to live music, said the PBO’s Nic McGegan, who’d organized a musical program with McGegan on harpsichord, mezzo-soprano Heidi Waterman singing, and Farley Pearce on the viola de gamba. Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, "Paying tribute to Norm Larson, Duke of the Haight-Ashbury," 5 Apr. 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 \

Kids Definition of harpsichord

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

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