The harpsichord is a member of the family of musical instruments known as Keyboard chordophones. There are several types of harpsichords, including the virginal and the spinet, pictured here. The harpsichord was developed in the 15th century. It became popular solo instrument and was used in the 17th and 18th century by composers. It is now used to play in performances of baroque works and pieces written specially for the instrument.
The clavichord is a member of the family of musical instruments known as Keyboard chordophones. It is one of the oldest forms of stringed keyboard instrument. It was popular during the baroque era, but the piano took its place in 18th century, In part because the piano could be played in conjunction with other instruments.
Although the hammered dulcimer is a zither, it is also an ancestor of the keyboard chordophone and therefore a member of that family of musical instruments. It was introduced to Europe from the Middle East in 11th century. The hammered dulcimer is a board zither played by striking the strings with small hammers.
The piano is one of the most popular instrument due to its versatility and responsiveness. It played orchestral and chamber music, popular music, and jazz. It is used as a solo instrument, to accompany the voice, or as part of a band or orchestra.