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gravicembalo

[grav-i-chem-buh-loh, grah-vi-] /ˌgræv ɪˈtʃɛm bəˌloʊ, ˌgrɑ vɪ-/
noun, plural gravicembali
[grav-i-chem-buh-lee, grah-vi-] /ˌgræv ɪˈtʃɛm bəˌli, ˌgrɑ vɪ-/ (Show IPA),
gravicembalos.
1.
a harpsichord.
Origin of gravicembalo
1855-1860
1855-60; < Italian, alteration of clavicembalo harpsichord (by association with grave heavy); see clavicembalo
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  • Fétis, in his Biographie Universelle des Musiciens, even states that he wrote sonatas for gravicembalo.

    The Pianoforte Sonata J.S. Shedlock

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