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Unformatted text preview: Medieval struggle With the arrival on the scene of the mysterious chekker (echequier, eschiquier, exaquier, Schachbret, etc.), the oldest known references to strung keyboard instruments date from the early 1360s.1 In the last quarter of the fourteenth century, this kind of instrument quickly spread throughout England, France, Aragon, and Navarre, and in the 23eenth century we 2nd more references in Germany and Castile as well.2 Nonetheless, a3er 130 years of research, we are still unable to de2ne with any detail what type of instrument a chekker was.3 While there is no doubt it was a strung keyboard instrument of some sort, the lack of a clear correspondence between the name of the instrument and any precise description has prolonged the debate to the point that it has been reduced to the status of near myth.4 6e emergence in the late fourteenth and early 23eenth century of the 2rst references to the clavisimbalum and the clavicordium would seem less problematic, since more speci2c early descriptions for these terms do exist. ...
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