Keyboard Instrument

"Clavier" is a French term that translates to "keyboard" in English. It is widely employed to denote keyboard instruments like the piano, harpsichord, organ, and others.

The term "Clavier" has its roots in the French language and directly means "keyboard". In the realm of music, it serves as a general descriptor encompassing a variety of keyboard instruments where sound is generated by the act of pressing keys. The production of tones and notes is achieved as performers manipulate the keys on the keyboard.

"Clavier" can encompass several distinct keyboard instruments, including:

  • Piano: The piano is a stringed instrument fitted with a keyboard. When a key is pressed, a hammer strikes a string, resulting in sound production.
  • Harpsichord: A harpsichord is a classical keyboard instrument from the Baroque era. It generates sound by plucking strings, and unlike the piano, the volume remains unchanged regardless of key pressure.
  • Organ: An organ is a wind instrument featuring multiple keyboards. Depression of keys controls airflow, prompting pipes within the organ to emit sound, producing a diverse array of tones.
  • Electronic Keyboard: An electronic keyboard is a contemporary keyboard instrument capable of simulating various tones. It often incorporates features such as rhythms and chord accompaniment.

The term "Clavier" highlights the shared characteristic of keyboard instruments, where performers dictate pitch and rhythm by manipulating keys. While frequently used to describe classical period keyboard instruments, "Clavier" can also encompass modern electronic keyboards.

Example of Clavier

Clavier and Bach | Netherlands Bach Society