More often than not associated with the music played by angels on soft clouds, the harp is a stringed instrument designed to charm every listener’s mind. In case until now you have limited yourself to only enjoying its clear notes, it is time for you to find out more about this enchanted and old instrument that is the great harp.
From origin, to transformations, to art
The harp has some older roots than many might think; one of the earliest versions was found in the great ancient civilization of Sumer, fact that would date the appearance of the device to about 3000 B.C. Over its history, this instrument took over various forms, starting from a robust and angular shape, slipping into a lighter form, only to turn back again. If past harps were given strings made of guts by our ancestors, these were replaced by metal or nylon ones. The modern musical instrument is triangular and the longest side is called column or pillar.
Each of the strings end in turning pins and the whole weight of the mechanism is hold in its foot. Older versions could play in a range of a single octave, but today musicians can access two to six octaves. The addition of pedals widened the harps’ capacities thus making it worthy to enter the classical orchestra – thing that happened beginning in the 19th century. Even if it was considered revolutionary, it was used only scarcely in the music of titans like Beethoven and Mozart. Throughout the 20th century, this angelic instrument stepped beyond classical music entering jazz and pop.
An age old instrument with a history stretching as far back as the dawn of human civilization - this is what the harp is in its essence. And maybe that is why we are so bewitched by its sound.