short octave
(short AHK-tiv)


[Eng.]


On an early keyboard instrument, especially an organ, harpsichord, virginal, spinet, or clavichord, a short octave is an arrangement of keys in the lowest octave to enable the performer to play lower notes than the size of the instrument would normally allow. In a short octave, certain tones of the scale that are rarely used are eliminated, and the tones remain are arranged thus:
D E B-flat
C F G A B C


| Dictionary Home | Dictionary Appendix |