This harpsichord is the work of two celebrated makers: originally constructed by
in Antwerp (1646), it was later remodeled and expanded by
in Paris (1780).
A harpsichord is a
musical instrument played by means of a
keyboard. It produces sound by plucking a string when a key is pressed.
"Harpsichord" designates the whole family of similar plucked keyboard instruments, including the smaller
The harpsichord was widely used in
Baroque music. During the late 18th century, it gradually disappeared from the musical scene with the rise of the
piano. In the 20th century, it made a resurgence, being used in
historically informed performances of older music, in compositions, and in popular culture.