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A harp is a stringed instrument which has the plane of its strings positioned perpendicular to the soundboard. It is classified as a chordophone and only types of harps are in that class of instruments with plucked strings. All harps have a neck, resonator, and strings. Various types of harps are found in Africa, Europe, North, and South America, and in Asia. In antiquity, harps and the closely related lyres were very prominent in nearly all cultures. The oldest harps found thus far have been uncovered in ruins from ancient Sumer. The harp also predominant in the hands of medieval bards, troubadors and minnesingers, as well as throughout the Spanish Empire. Harps continued to grow in popularity through improvements in their design and construction through the beginning of the twentieth century. The concert harp is large and technically modern, designed for classical music and played solo, as part of chamber ensembles, and in symphony orchestras as well as in popular commercial music. It typically has six and a half octaves: 46 or 47 strings. The concert harp is a pedal harp. Pedal harps use the mechanical action of seven pedals to change the pitches of the strings to obtain natural, diatonic and synthetic scales.

My concert harp is a Lyon & Healy made in 1912 at Chicago. The gold column and the design on the soundboard are Liberty style. The harp was been until the second word war in the United States (1935-40). After was taken in Europe to restore in ’90 from David (Switzerland). The original soundboard and the mechanical parts give at this instruments a timbre enchantment and unique.


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