Our Fall Concert will feature works by Frederick the Great, John Rutter, and Giuseppe Verdi. The piece by John Rutter, Suite Antique, features strings, harpsichord, and solo flute. You may ask: What is a harpsichord?
Everyone knows about the piano. It’s full name is "pianoforte" which in musical terms means "soft loud". Pianists control the volume of their notes by how hard they hit the key which in turn activates a hammer to hit the strings of the instrument. Because the sound is produced by striking instead of plucking, the piano is considered to be part of the percussion family.
On the other hand, a harpsichord looks a lot like a piano, though it predates the "soft loud" innovation by about 300 years. The harpsichord has a mechanism that plucks the strings. This does not allow control over the volume of each note. You will also notice that the harpsichord’s sound is very different from a piano’s sound:
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Frederick the Great