Music glossary - Letter K
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kettledrums: See timpani.
Key: System of notes or tones based on and named after the key note.
Key signature: The flats and sharps at the beginning of each staff line indicating the key of music the piece is to be played.
Klavier: Another named for a harpsichord-used in Germany.
Klangfarbenmelodie: 20th century technique in which the notes of a melody are distributed among different instruments, giving a pointillistic texture.
Koto: Japanese plucked-string instrument with a long rectangular body, thirteen strings and movable bridges or frets.