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  • noun Plural form of clavichord.


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  • In retirement, he enjoyed making harpsichords and clavichords.

    Mark S. Beaubien dies at 88; led NIH center on international health research 2010

  • When they left the secret chamber of the clavichords, the familiar Hal Valance instantly reappeared.

    The Satanic Verses Rushdie, Salman 1967

  • Valance led him into a room in which there stood two clavichords of great delicacy and lightness.

    The Satanic Verses Rushdie, Salman 1967

  • The strange howls of this unearthly instrument filtered through the sound of pianos, harpsichords, psalters, clavichords, virginals and three gigantic electric organs pumping at full strength.

    Pagan Passions Laurence M. Janifer 1967

  • My lady hath a pair of fine toned clavichords, and

    Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851 Various

  • I do not think clavichords could have been altered to square pianos, as they were wanting in sufficient depth of case; but that the suggestion was from the clavichord is certain, the same kind of case and key-board being used.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 385, May 19, 1883 Various

  • The choicest ebony and ivory, the most precious woods and delicate strings were sought out by him; the best scholars supplied him with Greek and Latin epigrams to be inscribed upon his organs and clavichords.

    Beatrice d'Este, Duchess of Milan, 1475-1497 Julia Mary Cartwright Ady 1887

  • It was Lodovico Moro who first discovered the rare talents of this "master of organs," as he was styled by his contemporaries, and it was for Beatrice's use that he began to make those wonderful clavichords and lutes and viols that made his name famous throughout Italy.

    Beatrice d'Este, Duchess of Milan, 1475-1497 Julia Mary Cartwright Ady 1887

  • Gusnasco to make her clavichords and viols of the finest order, and like her father, she never travelled without her favourite singers.

    Beatrice d'Este, Duchess of Milan, 1475-1497 Julia Mary Cartwright Ady 1887

  • I think you’re probably referring to the harpsichord, which was a good deal louder than the clavichord clavichords are so hard to hear they really don’t work in ensemble.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Jefferson and Music: 2009


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