The clavichord is a stringed rectangular keyboard instrument[1] that was used largely in the Late Middle Ages, through the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical eras.[2] Historically, it was mostly used as a practice instrument and as an aid to composition, not being loud enough for larger performances.[2] The clavichord produces sound by striking brass or iron strings with small metal blades called tangents. Vibrations are transmitted through the bridge(s) to the soundboard.[1]

1977 unfretted clavichord by Keith Hill
Keyboard instrument
Other namesClarichord
Hornbostel–Sachs classification314.122-4-8
(Simple chordophone with keyboard sounded by tangents)
DevelopedEarly 14th century

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