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date: 25 November 2020

harp (Fr.: harpe; Ger.: Harfe; It.: arpa). 

The Oxford Companion to Music
Jeremy MontaguJeremy Montagu

An instrument with its strings standing free, to be plucked with the hands from both sides; they are attached at one end to a ‘string bar’ which runs along a sloping soundboard from end to end. From this they rise in a perpendicular plane to a neck, where they are tuned with a key or by other means. European harps are generally ‘frame harps’, having the structural support of a forepillar between the distal ends of the neck and resonator that helps to bear the tension of the strings. Most harps in Asia and Africa, including those of antiquity, are ‘open harps’, lacking the forepillar. Open harps may be ‘arched’ or ‘angular’.... ...

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