According to Wikipedia, a harpsichord (Italian: clavicembalo; French: clavecin; German: Cembalo; Spanish: clavecín; Portuguese: cravo; Dutch: klavecimbel; Polish: klawesyn) is “a musical instrument played by means of a keyboard. This activates a row of levers that turn a trigger mechanism that plucks one or more strings with a small plectrum made from quill or plastic. The strings are under tension on a soundboard, which is mounted in a wooden case; the soundboard amplifies the vibrations from the strings so that the listeners can hear it. Like a pipe organ, a harpsichord may have more than one keyboard manual, and even a pedal board. Harpsichords may also have stop buttons which add or remove additional octaves. Some harpsichords may have a buff stop, which brings a strip of buff leather or other material in contact with the strings, muting their sound to simulate the sound of a plucked lute.”1 And here is ContraPoints playing it. She taught herself to play this instrument. You know, as you do. You’re never too old to become an 18th century villain.

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1 = Wikipedia, English Version, article”Hapsichord“, authors see there. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License 4.0; additional terms may apply.

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