Harpsichord - The Case

The Case

The case holds in position all of the important structural members: pinblock, soundboard, hitchpins, keyboard, and the jack action. It usually includes a solid bottom, and also internal bracing to maintain its form without warping under the tension of the strings. Cases vary greatly in weight and sturdiness: Italian harpsichords are often of light construction; heavier construction is found in the later Flemish instruments and those derived from them (see History of the harpsichord).

The case also gives the harpsichord its external appearance and protects the instrument. A large harpsichord is, in a sense, a piece of furniture, as it stands alone on legs and may be styled in the manner of other furniture of its place and period. Early Italian instruments, on the other hand, were so light in construction that they were treated rather like a violin: kept for storage in a protective outer case, and played after taking it out of its case and placing it on a table. Such tables were often quite high – until the late 18th century people usually played standing up. Eventually, harpsichords came to be built with just a single case, though an intermediate stage also existed: the "false inner–outer", which for purely aesthetic reasons was built to look as if the outer case contained an inner one, in the old style. Even after harpsichords became self-encased objects, they often were supported by separate stands, and some modern harpsichords have separate legs for improved portability.

Many harpsichords have a lid that can be raised, a cover for the keyboard, and a stand for music.

Harpsichords have been decorated in a great many different ways: with plain buff paint (e.g. some Flemish instruments), with paper printed with patterns, with leather or velvet coverings, with chinoiserie, or occasionally with highly elaborate painted artwork.

Read more about this topic:  Harpsichord

Other articles related to "the case, cases, case":

Aaron Willard - Clock-models - Tall Clock (Grandfather-Clock) - The Case
... Simon's, Aaron's clocks adopted a distinguishing feature early since 1790, about their cases where, up over the dial, the case-door delineated a half circle which echoed the dial ... Many elements of brass—which were usually imported—sprinkled all case's woodwork ... However, the case presented a spate of other small brassy touches around, depending on the model ...
List Of Cases Argued By Floyd Abrams - Wayne Newton V. NBC - The Case
... Said Abrams, "Discovery in the case--pretrial depositions, motions, and the like--was brutal." Newton hired lawyer Morton Galane ... I have never taken part in a case in which I disliked opposing counsel more or thought he had misbehaved more often." There was no amicable relationship between counsel in this case ...
Smiley V. Citibank - The Case - Litigation and Regulation
... The Superior Court granted the motion and dismissed the case, a decision upheld on appeal ... Later in 1995, the California Supreme Court agreed to review Smiley's case, and did so ... Since New Jersey's Supreme Court had reached the opposite conclusion in a similar case, the Supreme Court granted Smiley's certiorari petition ...
LaGrand Case
... The LaGrand case was a legal action heard before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which concerned the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations ... In the case the ICJ found that its own temporary court orders were legally binding and that the rights contained in the convention could not be denied by the application of domestic legal ...
Case - Other
... Case Township, Michigan Case-shot, a type of anti-personnel canister ammunition similar to a shrapnel shell Casement window ...

Famous quotes containing the word case:

    There is not a more disgusting spectacle under the sun than our subserviency to British criticism. It is disgusting, first, because it is truckling, servile, pusillanimous—secondly, because of its gross irrationality. We know the British to bear us little but ill will—we know that, in no case do they utter unbiased opinions of American books ... we know all this, and yet, day after day, submit our necks to the degrading yoke of the crudest opinion that emanates from the fatherland.
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1845)

    It is often the case that the man who can’t tell a lie thinks he is the best judge of one.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910)