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The '''harp''' is a [[musical instrument]] consisting of a series of strings in a triangular frame. Its origins go back at least as far as 3,000 BC, and it was one of the most important instruments of the [[Middle Ages]].
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The '''harp''' is a [[musical instrument]] whose origins go back at least as far as 3,000 BC. The instrument is defined as an open frame over which is stretched a series of graduated strings, set in vibration by plucking with the fingers.
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The harp was one of the most important instruments of the [[Middle Ages]]; in particular the type of harp known as a Welsh Harp or ''telyn''. In Scotland, the small harp used as a solo instrument or to accompany singing was known as a ''clàrsach''. The harp remained almost exclusively a musical feature of the British Isles before it was imported to the Continent sometime before the ninth century.
  
 
According to the [[Laws of Wales]], the three things necessary for a gentleman to posess were ''his harp, his [[cloak]] and his [[chess]]board''.
 
According to the [[Laws of Wales]], the three things necessary for a gentleman to posess were ''his harp, his [[cloak]] and his [[chess]]board''.
  
 
[[Category:Musical instruments]]
 
[[Category:Musical instruments]]

Revision as of 15:12, 23 September 2006

The harp is a musical instrument whose origins go back at least as far as 3,000 BC. The instrument is defined as an open frame over which is stretched a series of graduated strings, set in vibration by plucking with the fingers.

The harp was one of the most important instruments of the Middle Ages; in particular the type of harp known as a Welsh Harp or telyn. In Scotland, the small harp used as a solo instrument or to accompany singing was known as a clàrsach. The harp remained almost exclusively a musical feature of the British Isles before it was imported to the Continent sometime before the ninth century.

According to the Laws of Wales, the three things necessary for a gentleman to posess were his harp, his cloak and his chessboard.