The harp is one if the oldest string instruments known to man.It has been played around the world for thousands of years. Despite this long history, the harp is alive and well in orchestras around the world to this day. It has also been said that it is one of the most underused instruments in recent history. An all but forgotten art form, the harp is making a comeback for itself appearing not just in classical show cases but also, believe it or not in the underground/indie rock world.
The harp, in all it’s magnificence, can be traced all the way back to Ancient Egypt as early as 2500 BC but have been used and developed
worldwide creating an endless variety of sound and style. Their angular shape was modeled after early hunting bows and had very few
The harp we recognize today first appeared in Medieval Western Europe around the 9th century and utilized about ten or eleven strings. The first harp to feature a hollowed soundbox that amplified the instrument’s sound, much like the modern guitar, dates back to Ireland in the 14th century. This same model also included a curved forepillar, a stronger neck and thirty to thirty-six brass strings.They hay day of the harp took place during the renaissance in Europe
and was an extremely popular instrument. It was often featured at parties and gatherings of royals and the elites of that time. Harpists of that time can closely be compared to rockstar of today.
There is also a great deal of symbolism attached to the harp as well. For centuries it has been a figure in Ireland politics. The most recognizable use of the harp is via Christianity representing heaven, often depicted being played by Cherubs.The harp is often and wrongly associated with the harpsichord and