Important Update: Due to the extreme weather, the DSO has not yet started rehearsing this week’s program. Therefore, we are very sorry to announce the cancellation of our Thursday performance of Beethoven's "Pastoral".

harpsichord
Family

Keyboards

Description

Keyboard instruments are often classified as percussion instruments because they play a rhythmic role in some music. However, most keyboard instruments are not true members of the percussion family because their sound is not produced by the vibration of a membrane or solid material.

The harpsichord is an early relative of the piano. Although it looks like a piano, it sounds much different. Small hooks called quills pluck the strings when the player’s hand presses a key on the keyboard.