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spinet,

musical instrument of the harpsichordharpsichord,
stringed musical instrument played from a keyboard. Its strings, two or more to a note, are plucked by quills or jacks. The harpsichord originated in the 14th cent. and by the 16th cent. Venice was the center of its manufacture.
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 family. Although the terms virginal and spinet, interchangeable until the end of the 17th cent., were sometimes used indiscriminately to designate any harpsichord, they usually referred to small instruments having one keyboard, one string to each note, and the keys more or less perpendicular to the strings, similar to the clavichord. The first spinet, made in the 15th cent., may have been a clavichord to which a quill mechanism was added. In England in the 18th cent. the virginal was an instrument with a rectangular case, while the spinet had a triangular or wing-shaped case. Until the middle of the 18th cent. neither had legs attached. The Elizabethan virginalists, among them William Byrd, Thomas Morley, and Orlando Gibbons, were the composers of an important body of music, of which the outstanding collection is the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book (early 17th cent., publ. 1894–99).

spinet

a small type of harpsichord having one manual
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Diana Eyre had the protection of her family but paid for a clear separation of territory, enjoying a polite apartment where she did her embroidery, played the spinet, listened to a caged bird, and read Sir Charles Grandison, probably the most popular book read by genteel women at midcentury (Vickery 71, 259).
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Such details possibly indicate that they share an intimate physical space, perhaps in one of the more private chambers, where on 24 December, de Maisse, like Melville, found himself in a kind of 'play', where the queen 'feigned surprise' as the French ambassador came upon her 'listening to the spinet played to her in her chamber'.
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His attention to the history of the Early Music movement, beginning at the end of the nineteenth century in Germany and Austria, is embedded in chapter 6, "Strings," at the end of his description of stringed keyboards, including those that are rubbed, such as the organistrum, those played by touching, such as the clavichord, and the thorny terminology connected to those played by plucking (harpsichord, virginal and its Flemish form, the muselaar, and the spinet among others), and "Hitting, or More Politely Hammering" (pianos).
The terms "spinet" and "virginal" are often used interchangeably, yet they denote two different instruments; the virginal is strung parallel to the keyboard and therefore has a rectangular case, the spinet is strung diagonally, allowing for longer strings and a more resonant tone, which is further enhanced by its triangular or wing-shaped case.