Are you familiar with any piece written for the clavichord? Most pieces written for harpsichord or organ can also be played on the clavichord. Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer, a leading keyboardist of the early 18th century, also composed for keyboard instruments. One composition he is known for, Ariadne, is a guide through the major and minor key for young organists, similar to Bach’s later work, The Well-Tempered Clavier.
Another one of Fischer’s works, MusikalischerParnassus, is a harpsichord collection but could also be played on the clavichord. This work contains nine suites, each named for a muse. Here is an excerpt taken from this piece performed on the clavichord. Listen carefully to the sound and compare it to your experiences listening to the modern-day piano. What are your thoughts? There is no right or wrong answer, but I’d love to hear your take!