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[chem-buh-loh] /ˈtʃɛm bəˌloʊ/
noun, plural cembali
[chem-buh-lee] /ˈtʃɛm bəˌli/ (Show IPA),
cembalos. Music.
Origin of cembalo
1795-1805; < Italian (clavi)cembalo < Latin cymbalum cymbal Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It was performed on the organ, or cembalo or regal, according to circumstances.

    Bach Charles Francis Abdy Williams
  • Of his compositions there remain four suites for orchestra, some small pieces for cembalo and some chorale arrangements.

    Bach Charles Francis Abdy Williams
  • A name given to sets of variations for organ or cembalo, and appropriated from the town pipers.

    Bach Charles Francis Abdy Williams
  • Amongst his compositions are six Bible sonatas, representing scenes from Scripture on the cembalo.

    Bach Charles Francis Abdy Williams
  • The essential distinction between the cembalo and the spinet was in the manner of tone production.

  • The Concertino consists of a trio for two violins and bass soli, with cembalo Obbligato.

    Handel Romain Rolland
  • In 1685 (the year of Bach's birth) he published twelve "sonate da camera" for two violins, 'cello, and cembalo.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • During the seventeenth century, sonatas were written for various instruments, with a figured bass for the cembalo.

    The Pianoforte Sonata J.S. Shedlock
  • The indications: ad libitum, or cembalo, found time after time in his scores, marked the places reserved for the improvisation.

    Handel Romain Rolland
British Dictionary definitions for cembalo


noun (pl) -li (-lɪ), -los
another word for harpsichord
Derived Forms
cembalist, noun
Word Origin
C19: shortened from clavicembalo
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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