Found from the beginning of the 16th century,
the Italian harpsichords were lightly constructed, almost invariably
finished in natural wood. They usually had a single manual and a basic
registration of two 8' stops which were often used together, although a 4'
stop was occasionally an option.
They have a characteristically pungent,
immediate, almost at times percussive tone which is well suited to 17th
century Italian music.
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