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Zell harpsichord

<p>Christian Zell harpsichord (Hamburg), 1737. &copy;&nbsp;Music Museum. Photo: Rafael Vargas</p>

Christian Zell harpsichord (Hamburg), 1737. © Music Museum. Photo: Rafael Vargas

The harpsichord was one of the main instruments responsible for the development of instrumental music in the baroque period: by virtue of its versatility it served both as the basso continuo or solo instrument. This harpsichord is a chordophone played using a keyboard. The sound is produced by the vibration of the strings plucked by plectrums. It is one of only three surviving exemplars by the prestigious instrument maker Christian Zell and the only one that can be played.


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