Harpsichord: Definition & History


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From which instrument did the harpsichord evolve?

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1. How does one play a harpsichord?

2. Which musical genre most used the harpsichord?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help check your understanding of the lesson on the musical instrument called the harpsichord. Some of the details that you will be assessed on include the development of the harpsichord and the era of its greatest popularity.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Instruments that influenced the harpsichord's creation
  • How to play the instrument
  • Genres and composers that featured the harpsichord
  • Instrument that eventually replaced the harpsichord in Classical music

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the harpsichord
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the harpsichord with similar instruments
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the development of the harpsichord
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the historical periods during which this instrument was most used or primary

Additional Learning

To learn more about the instrument, review the accompanying lesson on the History of the Harpsichord. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the influences on the harpsichord's development
  • Understand the genres of music that favored the use of the instrument
  • Differentiate between the periods known as the Baroque and the Renaissance