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The mechanism of a pf., org., or similar instr. which connects the kbd. and str., or the pipes and stops.
arpa doppia

arpa doppia  

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(It. ‘double harp’).Name given in 16th‐cent. Italy to both double‐strung and triple‐strung harp, probably because of increased range and size. Incl. in Monteverdi's Orfeo (1607).
cláirseach

cláirseach  

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(Irish Gaelic). The small, diatonic Irish harp of medieval origin (see harp (2a)), the ancestor of the modern ‘Celtic’ harp.
clàrsach

clàrsach  

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The ancient small Celtic harp, revived in Scotland during the 20th cent. Differs from usual orch. hp. in having brass str. instead of gut or nylon, giving a bell‐like sound.
double

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1 (Fr.). A variation, especially one with elaborate ornamentation. Similar to Eng. ‘division’.2 Indicates a lower octave, e.g. double bassoon plays an octave below bassoon.3 Singers who perform two ...
double action

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The mechanism of a harp invented by Érard, so called to distinguish it from earlier models on which pitches could be raised only by a semitone.
harp

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A Dictionary of the Bible (2 ed.)

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2010
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The Hebrews had a family of stringed instruments under the general category of harp. They included psalteries, lyres, lutes, and

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World Encyclopedia

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2004
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Ancient musical instrument consisting of a frame over which strings are stretched. Variations have been found in civilizations as diverse

harp

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Jeremy Montagu

The Oxford Companion to Music

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2011
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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 ... More
harp

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The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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2013
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String instrument, of very ancient lineage. Can be simply defined as an open frame over which is stretched a graduated series of str, set in vibration by plucking with the fingers. In the ... More
Hrf

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The Oxford Companion to Music

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2011
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(Ger.). Abbreviation for Harfe, ‘harp’.

medieval instruments

medieval instruments  

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Barely a handful of European medieval instruments survives. Evidence for their nomenclature and form depends on written sources, pictures, and carvings. Little is known of musical instruments in the ...
rank

rank  

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1 A set of organ pipes of one type (e.g. 8′ Diapasons) controlled by one draw stop, hence sometimes referred to as a ‘stop’.2 The individual rows of strings on the double or triple harp.[...]
stringed instrument

stringed instrument  

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Instruments sounded by striking, plucking, rubbing, or (rarely) blowing strings, which are most commonly made of gut, silk, metal, or such synthetic materials as nylon. In Western orchestral and ...
zither

zither  

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Folk instr., descendant of medieval psaltery, prevalent in Austrian Tyrol and Bavaria. Consists of flat wooden soundbox over which are stretched 4 or 5 melody str. and up to 37 acc. str. Melody str., ...

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