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

Examples of harpsichord in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The new song features Gad's Olaf singing vaudeville-style, playing harpsichord accompaniment. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Exclusive: Watch Olaf sing 'Unmeltable Me', the hilariously hot song cut from 'Frozen 2'," 1 Feb. 2020 In the single movement for harpsichord alone, in the middle of the sixth sonata, Prutsman’s rough edges brought an unwelcome harshness. Washington Post, "Violinist Pamela Frank presents a rich program of all six Bach sonatas," 5 Dec. 2019 This last gesture is fundamental to playing the Goldberg Variations, which was originally composed for a two-tiered harpsichord. Erica Getto, The New York Review of Books, "‘A Delightful Flurry of Movement’: Dances to Bach," 1 Feb. 2020 The sound of amplified adult and child voices, trombones and oddly tuned harpsichords mingling in the atrium of the Cleveland Museum of Art was simply otherworldly. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Transition, enterprise, and success: 2019 Classical Music Year in Review," 24 Dec. 2019 Resting atop the harpsichord is a piece of sheet music known only from this painting. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Rare Portrait of Teenage Mozart Heads to Auction," 15 Nov. 2019 When many people think of the harpsichord’s signature twinkly rattle, Baroque music is the first thing that comes to mind. BostonGlobe.com, "With Boston Symphony Chamber Players, the harpsichord definitely isn’t Baroque - The Boston Globe," 22 Oct. 2019 This program of all six Bach sonatas for violin and harpsichord was the most recent of several appearances in the past couple of years around Washington. Washington Post, "Violinist Pamela Frank presents a rich program of all six Bach sonatas," 5 Dec. 2019 Other notable solo work was heard from Curtis Foster on oboe (No. 2) and recorder (No. 4), Kathryn Montoya on recorder (Nos. 2 and 4), Stephen Schultz on wooden flute, and Sponseller in the dazzling harpsichord solos of Brandenburg No. 5. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Bach Collegium San Diego opens season with a lovely Bach cantata," 12 Oct. 2019

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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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“Harpsichord.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harpsichord. Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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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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