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Unformatted text preview: clavisimbalum In the case of a hammered clavisimbalum, however, we have almost nothing to go on. No originals have survived, and the documentary evidence which could be of any real assistance to a builder is limited to but one source, the instructions for the drawing of a plan view (i.e., without any considerations of vertical dimensions) found in Arnaut’s treatise (this ‘instrument’ is herea3er referred to as ZCS for Zwolle/Clavisimbalum; see Plate 9). Likewise, extant harpsichords from this era are limited to but one example, the clavicytherium in the collection of the Royal College of Music, London (c. 1480, herea3er referred to as RCM; see Figure 3).19 Furthermore, the value of this latter instrument for the task at hand is questionable, for unlike the situation with the majority of eighteenthcentury hammered keyboard ‘inventors’, we cannot assume that the intent of their 23eenth-century predecessors was to make a harpsichord which had the capability of dynamic variation.2 ...
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