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  Clavichord - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The clavichord is a European stringed keyboard instrument known from the late Medieval, through the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical eras.
The clavichord was invented in the early fourteenth century.
The clavichord has also gained attention in other genres of music, like rock in the form of the clavinet, which is essentially an electric clavichord which uses a magnetic pickup to provide a signal for amplification.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Clavichord   (1105 words)

 Tangent (clavichord) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A tangent, when referred to in the context of the action of a clavichord, refers to the small piece of metal similar in shape and size to the head of a flat-bladed screwdriver.
In a clavichord, the tangent remains in contact with the string while the string is sounding its note, while in the tangent piano, the tangent rebounds from the string as in a modern piano, that is, it has an escapement.
The action of the clavichord is unique among all keyboard instruments in that one part of the action simultaneously initiates the sound vibration while at the same time defining the endpoint of the vibrating string, and thus its pitch.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Tangent_(clavichord)   (249 words)

The clavichord, derived from the dulcimer by the addition of a keyboard, consisted of a rectangular case, with or without legs, often very elaborately ornamented with paintings and gilding.
This important change in construction increased the size of the instrument, each pair of unison strings requiring a key and tangent of its own, and led to the introduction of the system of tuning by equal temperament upheld by J. Bach.
The tone of the clavichord, extremely sweet and delicate, was characterized by a tremulous hesitancy, which formed its great charm while rendering it suitable only for the private music room or study.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /C/CL/CLAVICHORD.htm   (368 words)

 Clavichord Technique and Performance Practice: An Annotated Bibliography
The idea of clavichord performance practice may seem to be a paradox since, for the largest part of its active history, the clavichord has been relegated to use only as a practice instrument for organists.
The clavichord is the ideal medium for offering a revised perspective on works that have been customarily associated with the organ, harpsichord, and piano for the past two hundred years.
In keeping with this idea that the clavichord is as 'authentic' an instrument as any for performance of the body of early keyboard music, this bibliography fills a need for documentation of the techniques and interpretive practices peculiar to the clavichord.
www.geocities.com /Vienna/3624/clavichd.htm   (6512 words)

 The Clavichord - Cambridge University Press
The clavichord, forerunner of the piano, was one of the most important instruments in Western keyboard history until the first decades of the nineteenth century.
The clavichord┬┐s structural developments (traced largely through an analysis of extant instruments), literary documentation (much of it presented here for the first time in English), treatises and iconographical sources are presented in chronological order.
The early clavichord: 1400 to the beginning of the sixteenth century; 3.
www.cambridge.org /catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521630673   (321 words)

The clavichord is the most personal and expressive of all keyboard instruments.
Generally small in size and soft but singing in tone, the clavichord is an ideal practice instrument, which is particularly well suited to those who have limited space and who wish to practise at all hours without disturbing others.
Keyboard performers are turning to the clavichord for the many lessons it affords them in developing evenness, sensitivity and clarity of touch.
www.rawnsley.com /html/clavichords.html   (185 words)

 Clavichord article from 1962 "House Beautiful"
While the harpsichord and organ were for concerts and mass appeal, the clavichord was for the personal enjoyment of the musician with sensitive musical taste.
Most historians agree that the clavichord evolved from the monochord which was an instrument with a single string, played with a series of keys.
The clavichord, like its giant descendant, the grand piano, needs little tinkering and tuning to keep it in playing order, even though there are sometimes two strings per tone.
www-personal.umich.edu /~bpl/clav1962.htm   (1399 words)

 Clavichord Symposium, Magnano Italy, CONTINUO Marketplace for early Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The issue of early clavichords and their repertoire was dealt with in another group of papers.
Since the topic of this year’s Symposium was "F.J. Haydn and the Clavichord", many papers explored the cultural climate, the possible instruments, and, the music of the period.
Koen Vermeij of the Netherlands praised the five-octave fretted clavichord.
www.continuo.com /april98/clavichord.htm   (1892 words)

 Clavichord & Clavichord Kit   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The RWC triple fretted clavichord is based on an illustration in Praetorius' Syntagma Musicum, 1618.
We have chosen to use oak for the main construction of the casework with traditional iron wire hinges, hasps and fastenings.
The Panelled Lid kit is an optional extra where the parts are machined completely from solid timber with the panels themselves constructed in the traditional way to allow for the natural expansion and contraction of timber.
www.masterkit.com /RWC/products/clavichord.htm   (857 words)

 Partitas, Tocattas, and Inventions, Sinfonias and Little Preludes on clavichord, by Richard Troeger   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Whereas the harpsichord goes "plink-plink", the clavichord goes "plunk-plunk" (this is meant to be sarcastic; they don't really sound like that, but there is a clear difference between the sound of a harpsichord and a clavichord).
Remember, the clavichord does not pluck the strings, but strikes them, and its notes continue as long as the key is depressed and contact is made with the string.
While the Partita clavichord has a more stately sound, that fits with the dance movements of the pieces, this instrument sounds more brilliant, and goes well with the more enthusiastic nature of the Toccatas, and the "stylus phantasticus" with its flourishes.
www.mcelhearn.com /bach/bach_troeger.html   (1344 words)

 January 15 - Clavichord Workshop with Joel Speerstra
Joel Speerstra, in charge of clavichord research and builder of Eastman's pedal clavichord, led the workshop in clavichord building.
For keyboardists in the 18th century, the clavichord had a prominent role as a performance and practice instrument.
The clavichord was the favorite keyboard instrument of Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach, who prized it for its sensitive touch and expressive capacity.
www.esm.rochester.edu /organ/Sweden-trip/Pages/Day9-7.html   (173 words)

I especially like to play fretted clavichords; they are the instrument that was the premier at-home instrument for four centuries or so in the Western World.
The unfretted clavichord of the 18th century is lovely, there is none lovelier for Mozart or CPE Bach or the wonderful composers of the Bohemian 18th century; but it was a rather short-lived instrument, of importance for perhaps 60 years, mainly in north-central Europe.
Sunday, Jan. 8, the Loring Greenough House, music of the Salzburg Court, on Clavichord, 1796 square piano and with the Delight Consort.
home.mindspring.com /~judithconrad   (409 words)

 CBH The Clavichord
Most clavichords are strung in pairs with yellow brass material, the thickness of the wire varying from bass to treble.
It is because the strings are struck at their most inefficient part that the clavichord is so sweet and gentle—it has been compared to playing the guitar by using the back of a knife on the fingerboard, and not plucking the strings with the right hand at all.
Larger clavichords have individual pairs of strings for each note, and offer the greatest harmonic freedom: These are called Unfretted clavichords and are noble instruments which work well for the spirited music of Bach’s sons, and for much early piano music.
www.hpschd.nu /clav.html   (886 words)

 German Clavichord
The clavichord is at once the most primitive and most expressive of all keyboard instruments.
It is the only stringed keyboard instrument on which the fingers are able to modulate the strings' pitch and dynamic levels in a manner analogous to the violin or lute.
As with other instruments, the range and sophistication of the clavichord gradually grew as the music demanded more of it until, in the late 18th century, instruments of very large range with discrete pairs of strings for each key (unfretted) became the norm.
www.hubharp.com /kits/germclav.htm   (270 words)

 Music for Bach's Keyboard Instruments: Clavichord, Harpsichord, Lute-Harpsichord, Pedal-harpsichord
The harpsichord was the baroque period's most popular domestic keyboard instrument, though the clavichord would be a close second.
Michael Thomas brings out to the full the delicacy, the vibrato, and the singing qualities of the clavichord, while the lute-harpsichord is quite riveting in its richness of sound.
A full description of the instruments and their mechanics is provided in the notes, making this an ideal disc for students of baroque keyboard instruments, as well as providing a most pleasant, varied and entertaining program.
www.baroquecds.com /740Web.html   (426 words)

 An Interview with Clavichordist Richard Troeger
It is nice when a clavichord is loud, especially for public concerts, but for me it is more important to have a wide dynamic palette within whatever the "absolute" limits are.
His clavichord after Specken at the 1997 and '99 Boston Festivals drew a lot of interest, and he's now building clavichords after the 1806 Lindholm/Soderstrom at Finchcocks, one of which is for me. My own instruments are by Ron Haas, also of California, who makes superb harpsichords and clavichords.
The clavichord not being primarily a concert instrument (as I often tell myself when walking out to give a clavichord recital), students and professionals are understandably reluctant to undertake study of so demanding an instrument whose direct role in their musical activities is likely to be limited.
www.lyrichord.com /docs/troegint.html   (2624 words)

 Westminster College: News: News Releases: Westminster College Presents Pedal Clavichord Concert   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
"Clavichords were the most common keyboard instrument in homes from the Renaissance until the 19th century," said Dr.
After graduating from Oberlin Conservatory, he received both a Watson Scholar and a DAAD Fellow, allowing him to study organ and clavichord with Harald Vogel at the North German Organ Academy, and instrument building with John Barnes, the former Curator of the Edinburgh Russell Collection of Keyboard Instruments.
He is the author of numerous articles and the editor of the North German Organ Research Project in G├Âteborg, and has given lecture-recitals for the British, German, and Boston Clavichord Societies, as well as the International Clavichord Symposia in Magnano, Italy.
www.westminster.edu /news/releases/release.cfm?id=554   (434 words)

 Why the Swedish Clavichord?
It was obviously a clavichord, and a large one at that.
I was informed that it was a Swedish clavichord from about 1743, by someone named Philip Jacob Specken, who I had never heard of.
The soundboard area on the clavichord was huge, and the grain direction was on the diagonal rather than parallel to the front.
www.swedishclavichords.com /whyswedish.html   (663 words)

 The Boston Clavichord Society
The Boston Clavichord Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of the clavichord and its music.
*Arnold Dolmetsch (1858-1940), one of the pioneers of the early music revival, made harpsichords, clavichords, and other instruments as director of a special department at the Chickering and Sons piano factory on Tremont Street in Boston between 1905 and 1910.
The clavichords, patterned after a Christian Gotthelf Hoffman instrument of 1784 now in the Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments, are especially fine and are today prized by collectors.
www.bostonclavichord.org   (150 words)

 Clavichord Quotes
In a world of high-decibel music, lacking the stentorian tones of the grand piano, and the lung-power of the organ, it can never assist at the celebration of High Mass, or clamour at the fall of nations in a symphony, or commemorate the rise of Napoleon in a concerto.
Without a clavichord technique it is almost as hard to judge a clavichord as a violin under comparable circumstances.
The sound of the clavichord is very soft and is often disappointing at first hearing.
www.harpsichord-sd.com /clavichord/quotes.html   (1410 words)

 Aufgaben der Clavichord Societät   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Deutsche Clavichord Societät e.V. The Deutsche Clavichord Societaet (DCS, German Clavichord Society), a registered non-profit society, was founded in 1993.
The DCS is a focus for every aspect of the clavichord and its music, especially for the revival of clavichord playing and its tradition.
The DCS holds clavichord days (Clavichordtage) which include concerts, courses, workshops on clavichord maintenance and tuning, exhibitions of instruments, lectures...
members.aol.com /dcsdd/engl/dcs2.htm   (108 words)

 Four Harpsichord Suites/Clavichord Pieces by Olivier Baumont at jsbach.org
These little-known keyboard Suites are not often recorded so this recording is a welcome and excellent addition to the Bach recorded repertoire, particularly since several of the works are performed on clavichord.
His choice to include a few preludes from the Clavier-Buchlein for Wilhelm Friedemann Bach is delightful, as is his performance on clavichord.
This clavichord recording is fragile and soft, the sound is quite intimate.
www.jsbach.org /baumontfourharpsichordsuitesclavichordpieces.html   (160 words)

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