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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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A pair of F major gavotte variations appears in The Harpsichord or Spinnet Miscellany,(22) published in 1761 by Robert Bremner (C.1713-89), a pupil of Geminiani; the first of these is rhythmically active in the treble, the second in the bass, along the lines of Corelli's Follia or the first variation-pair in the Walsh Anonymous set.
Catherine, who was previously "very fond of tinkling the keys of the old forlorn spinnet," hates her formal lessons and is overjoyed when her mother allows her to abandon them (14).
After Purcell's death in 1695, his widow Frances brought out a number of collections of his music, including Ayres, Compos'd for the Theatre, A Choice Collection of Lessons for the Harpsichord or Spinnet and, in 1697, a collection of ten sonatas.