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In the clavichord each string is struck by a small piece of metal called a tangent. Its touch-sensitive action allows great expressiveness in playing, although its small size and softness of sound make it unsuitable for large-scale public concerts. Nevertheless, the clavichord was an ideal home practice instrument for keyboard players, especially organists, and a perfect tool for composers. ...
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c. 1650
Ebony, spruce, ivory, brass, iron; lid: oil on panel
10.0 x 72.5 x 28.0 cm
Image and text courtesy of Rijksmuseum, 2019

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