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Keyboard music
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1. Concept

Keyboard music in the broadest sense means any music that is played on a keyboard instrument or in the playing of which a keyboard instrument is involved. The word “keyboard” is first attested in the early 19th century; the earlier “clavier,” borrowed from French (like the German Klavier), derives from the Latin clavis (“key”), which from the Middle Ages denoted the (sounding) note and, from the 13t…

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Körndle, Franz, “Keyboard music”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 20 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022259>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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