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A harpsichord was a musical instrument played by means of a keyboard. It produces sound by plucking a string when a key is pressed. "Harpsichord" designates the whole family of similar plucked keyboard instruments, including the smaller virginals, muselar, and spinet. The harpsichord was widely used in Renaissance and Baroque music. During the late 18th century it gradually disappeared from the musical scene with the rise of the fortepiano.
Behind the scenes
- The Disneyland version of Walt Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean had a harpsichord in the "Captain's Quarters" tableau, where it accompanies the rousing strains of Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me).
- In one of the production drafts of the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides screenplay, there was a harpsichord in Ponce de León's cabin aboard the Santiago. While Jack Sparrow and Hector Barbossa tried retrieving the chest containing the Chalices, Barbossa purposefully pushed the harpsichord over to cause the ship to tilt, that itself causing Jack slipped to the deck. For unknown reasons, this moment with the harpsichord was never filmed.
Notes and references
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies
- ↑ One of the production drafts of the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides screenplay.