The harpsichord is a musical instrument that looks like a piano but it sounds much different. Like the piano, it is played by means of a keyboard. It produces it’s sound by plucking a string (rather than striking, as in a piano) when a key is pressed.
The harpsichord was used in Renaissance and Baroque music. The first music written for the solo harpsichord was published around the 16th century. Some of the famous composers that wrote music for the harpsichord were William Byrd, Domenico Scarlatti, J.S. Bach, Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Learn more about the Harpsichord in today’s All About Music!
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