Orchestrina di camera


The orchestrina di camera (or clavecin harmonique) is a small keyboard instrument invented around the 1860s by the English builder of harmoniums and organs, Cheltenham-born W. E. Evans (1810–1884).[1]

The orchestrina di camera, which resembled a harmonium, had stops that allowed it to imitate such instruments as flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn, and was intended to stand in for them in small orchestras lacking the relevant musicians.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ a b Frederick Niecks (1884). A Concise Dictionary of Musical Terms: To which is Prefixed an Introduction to the Elements of Music. G. Schirmer. pp. 271–.
  2. ^ William Lines Hubbard; George W. Andrews; Edward Dickinson; Arthur Foote; Emil Liebling (1908). The American History and Encyclopedia of Music ... I. Squire. pp. 173–.
  3. ^ The Musical Standard: A Newspaper for Musicians, Professional and Amateur. Reeves and Turner. 1868. pp. 202–.

Further readingEdit

  • Allan, R.J. (2006). Reed Organs in England A comprehensive study of reed organs in England, Scotland and Wales.