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harp

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This instr., 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 ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms (4 ed.)

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2020
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... harp on the same string dwell tediously on one...

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A Dictionary of Travel and Tourism

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2012
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5 words

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

...Harp on, To To reiterate; to return continually to one point of argument, like a harpist continually plucking the same string. Aeolian harp See under aeolian . Jew’s harp See under jew . Welsh harp See under welsh...

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Jeremy Montagu

The Oxford Companion to Music

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2011
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...on the Welsh harp, and presumably on the classical triple and double harps too, was to pluck, or ‘strike the strings’ as the last traditional player said, close to the soundboard. Irish harpers used their fingernails on the wire strings of their harps, again probably near the soundboard. Jeremy Montagu R. Rensch , The Harp: Its History, Technique and Repertoire (London and New York, 1969) J. Rimmer , The Irish Harp (Cork, 1969, 3/1984) O. Ellis , The Story of the Harp in Wales (Cardiff, 1980, 2/1991) R. Rensch , Harps and Harpists (Bloomington, IN,...

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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 as Egyptian, Greek and Celtic. A modern orchestral harp has a large triangular frame that carries 47 strings. Seven pedals ensure the whole chromatic range is covered by altering the pitch of the...

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Jeremy Barlow

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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... , an important instrument in Shakespeare’s time, but with little surviving repertoire since playing depended on extemporization and memory. It was smaller than the modern concert harp; tone might be altered to produce a buzzing sound with ‘brays’, metal pins brought just into contact with the strings near the tuning pegs. Jeremy...

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Sue Carole DeVale, Bo Lawergren, Sue Carole DeVale, Sue Carole DeVale, Bo Lawergren, Joan Rimmer, Robert Evans, William Taylor, Karen Loomis, Joan Rimmer, Cristina Bordas, Cheryl Ann Fulton, John M. Schechter, Sue Carole DeVale, Nancy Thym-Hochrein, Hannelore Devaere, Ronald Stevenson, Sue Carole DeVale, Nancy Thym-Hochrein, Mary McMaster, and Nancy Hurrell

The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (2 ed.)

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2015
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...diatonic harps from the 14th century to the 18th. 3 . Other single-rank harps. 4 . Spain, mid-16th century to the early 18th. 5 . Multi-rank harps in Europe outside Spain. 6 . Latin America. 7 . Mechanized harps and later ‘harpes chromatiques’. 8 . Electronic harps. 9 . Local traditions. 10 . Revivals. I. Introduction Normally triangular in outline, all harps have three basic structural components: resonator, neck, and strings. Hornbostel and Sachs divided them into two categories: ‘frame harps’ and ‘open harps’. Frame harps have a...

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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 dulcimers. The psaltery was triangular in shape; the lyre was U-shaped. There is also a similar instrument translated ‘sackbut’ (Dan. 3: 5, AV)—trigon in NRSV, triangle in REB, zither in NJB—which had strings plucked either by the fingers or by a...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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...when the great Romantic orchestrators—Berlioz , Wagner , Strauss , Mahler , Elgar , etc.—made effective use of it. In the 20th cent. it has been used in chbr music (e.g. by Debussy and Ravel ). There are several hp concs. See also chromatic harp , double harp , clàrsach , dital harp , aeolian harp...

Psaltery-harp

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The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (2 ed.)

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2015
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...Psaltery-harp [harp-psaltery] . Term applied to certain types of triangular psaltery. ...

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The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (2 ed.)

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2015
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14 words

...Harp-psaltery [ psaltery-harp ]. Term applied to certain types of triangular psaltery (or box zither). ...

Open harp

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The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (2 ed.)

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2015
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...Open harp . Term used in the Hornbostel-Sachs classification for a harp with no forepillar. It is further subdivided into ‘arched’, ‘angle’, and ‘bow’ harps. ...

Frame harp

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The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (2 ed.)

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2015
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...Frame harp . Term used in the Hornbostel–Sachs classification for a harp with a forepillar (column, strut) between the distal, separated ends of the neck and the resonator to maintain their separation against the pull of the strings (as opposed to the ‘open harp’, which includes arched and angular harps; these lack a forepillar). European harps are frame harps. ...

Angle harp

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The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (2 ed.)

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2015
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...Angle harp [ angular harp ]. Term used in the Hornbostel–Sachs classification for an ‘open’ harp (without a forepillar) in which the neck makes a sharp angle with the resonator rather than a curve as on an arched harp. ...

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A Dictionary of Psychology (4 ed.)

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2015

... theory n . Another name for the place theory...

chromatic harp

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The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
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17 words

...harp Harp built by Pleyel 1897 with a str for every semitone, thus needing no...

Arched harp

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The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (2 ed.)

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2015
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...Arched harp . Type of ‘open’ harp (i.e. without forepillar) in which the strings are at one end attached to the resonator (usually by being tied to a spine beneath a skin belly) and at the other to a curved neck that arches over the resonator. The term bow harp has been incorrectly applied to a form of arched harp. ...

‘Harp’ Quartet

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The Oxford Companion to Music

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2011
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Music
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...‘Harp’ Quartet . Nickname for Beethoven's String Quartet in E♭ major op. 74 ( 1809 ), so called because of the harp-like pizzicato arpeggios in the first...

bridge harp

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The Oxford Companion to Music

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2011
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Music
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81 words

...bridge harp . A group of West African instruments of which the best known is the Mandinka *kora . These instruments were classified as *harp-lutes by Hornbostel and Sachs ( see instruments, classification of ), but as the neck performs no other function than that of string-holder, and they conform in other respects to the definition of harp (they are closely related, structurally and historically, to other African harps), the name ‘bridge harp’ was proposed for them by Roderic Knight in the...

Bow harp

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The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (2 ed.)

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2015
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Music
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...Bow harp . Type of ‘open’ harp (i.e. without forepillar) in which the strings are at one end attached to the resonator and at the other to an onbuilt curved neck that curves smoothly up from the resonator and does not curve over it as with the arched harp. ...

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