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Harp Songs Soothe

Harp songs can melt away modern-day tensions within seconds. Where did this soothing and unique instrument come from and how does it work? We certainly don’t want to add more tension to your day by withholding these answers, so here they are.

The modern harp originated from either the angular or the bow harp. The latter was first seen in Asia around 3,000 BC. Egyptian harps came on the scene around the time of the Fourth Dynasty. As for the angular harp, it is estimated to have been around since 2,000 BC.

The modern orchestral harp has seven pedals, with each pedal having two notches that change a string’s pitch. A semitone or tone pitch change in the string can be achieved by depressing a pedal to its first or second notch respectively.

Berlioz gets credit for first using the harp in his Symphonie Fantastique of 1830. As for the modern electric harp, it was first brought to light in 1964 by Lloyd Lindroth.





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Piano Music | Chamber Classical Music | Inspirational Orchestral Music | Classical Composers | Name That Music | Free Composition and Piano Lessons | Piano Music Notes | Learn Music Theory | Finale Music Writing Software | Composing Music to Films | Writing Classical Score | List of Instruments | Music Sound Recording Studios | Multitrack Recording Process | Music Mixing Advice