About this playlist
An early ancestor of the piano, the harpsichord is a plucked keyboard instrument known for its distinctive and crisp guitar-like timbre. Often beautifully decorated, harpsichords were designed to be seen as well as heard. In its early days, dynamic variations were mechanically impossible, so harpsichordists didn’t have much control over volume. However, the passage of time has brought many improvements in overcoming the instrument’s limitations.