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short octave

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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


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