The Welsh Harp

Welsh Harp


The harp is regarded as the national instrument of Wales. The harp has been used through the ages as an accompaniment to folk-singing and dancing and as a solo instrument.

Some manuscript sources provide information about the harp and its music around the medieval period in Wales. By the end of the 18th century, the triple harp - so called because it had three rows of strings - was widely known as the Welsh harp because of its popularity in Wales. Although generally thought to have been invented in Wales it was, in fact, a baroque instrument devised in Italy about 100 years earlier.

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