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My Musical Instrument

The history of the harp can be traced back 5000 years.  Different types of harps can be found in virtually every part of the world.  Perhaps it is not an exaggeration to say that the harp was the precursor to all string instruments.
The harp reached Europe via Egypt and soon became an important instrument of European music.  Harpists, who were both musicians and storytellers, were highly regarded and sought after in the courts of the Middle Ages.  In the British Islands harpists were important figures of cultural as well as political life.
The harp evolved over time following the expectations of new musical styles.  The lever harp was invented in Tyrol in the 17th century.  This instrument's strings can be tuned  individually with hooks, thereby facilitating a more complex and varied playing style. Invented in the 19th century, the pedal mechanism of the modern harp allows for a chromatique technique; however, the older lever harp is still being used today, and new musical pieces continue to be written especially for this version.
The musical selection of this CD was recorded on such a lever harp.  This harp is smaller and slimmer than the modern concert harp, lending itself to the interpretation of Renaissance and Irish music.

 

My musical instrument

Concert harp

Koncerthárfa

The “classical” big-orchestra instrument with a pedal structure. Any kind of music from renaissance to modern can be played on it.

Celtic Harp

Kelta hárfa

The older version of the instrument which has been  mainly used in the Irish and Celtic music as well as in the renaissance and Baroque written music in Europe. Instead of pedals, it can be tuned by hooks. Its register is smaller, while its tone is more sonorous than that of the concert harp

Troubadour harp

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The “little brother” of the Celtic harp. It is similarly built and can also be tuned by hooks. Although its register is smaller and higher, most renaissance and Baroque pieces, as well as Irish and Celtic tunes can be perfectly played on it.