Have you ever listened to a movie soundtrack and heard a grand glissando on a cli- mactic part? Have you ever
gone to an orchestra and noticed the big
golden harp sitting on the stage? Have
you ever fallen asleep to the music of a
lullaby;harp;CD?;If;so,;you;have;exper-ienced a part of the harp’s evolution towards becoming a modern instrument.
Contrary to popular belief, the harp
wasn’t always in the orchestra pit, in
harp has been a long and rocky road. The
history of the harp is as rich and interesting as the sound of its strings. The harp
is the oldest known stringed instrument;
it is considered a heavenly instrument
that has been recognized in every culture as an aristocratic joyous instrument.
The shape of the harp is said to originate
from a hunter’s bow; hence the earliest
form of harp is called a bow harp. While
the origins of the harp may never be pin-pointed,;historians;have;found;evidence
of harps in Mesopotamia as far back as
also;part;of;a;door-locking;system,;de-picts a banquet with musicians including
a harper (see if you can find the harp!).
As much as the Mesopotamians adored
and treasured it even more. Throughout
and was very important for both the
Music! The Harp
in All Its Glory by Emily Mader
The history of the harp is as
rich and interesting as the
sound of its strings.