Talharpa

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Talharpa, by Charlie Bynum, Silver Spoon Music, Alkmaar NL, 2014

The talharpa, also known as a tagelharpa (tail-hair harp) or the stråkharpa (bowed harp), is a four-stringed bowed lyre from northern Europe. It was formerly widespread in Scandinavia, but is today played mainly in Estonia, particularly among that nation's Swedish community. It is similar to the Finnish jouhikko and the Welsh crwth.

The name talharpa probably comes from tagel - horsehair - from which the strings were made.[1]

An Estonian man playing the hiiu kannel (or, talharpa), ca. 1920.

References[edit]

  • Andersson, Otto (1930). The Bowed Harp. Translated and edited by Kathleen Schlesinger. London: New Temple Press.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Andersson, Otto (1930). The Bowed Harp. Translated and edited by Kathleen Schlesinger. London: New Temple Press p. 111

External links[edit]

  • "Einar Selvik of the band Wardruna demonstrates playing the tagelharpa".