What is harp?

  • (verb): Play the harp.
    Example: "She harped the Saint-Saens beautifully"
    See also — Additional definitions below


The harp is a multi-stringed instrument which has the plane of its strings positioned perpendicularly to the soundboard. Organologically, it is in the general category of chordophones (stringed instruments) and has its own sub category (the harps). All harps have a neck, resonator and strings. Some, known as frame harps, also have a pillar; those without the pillar are referred to as open harps. Depending on its size, which varies, a harp may be played while held in the lap or while it stands on a table, or on the floor. Harp strings may be made of nylon, gut, wire or silk. On smaller harps, like the folk harp, the core string material will typically be the same for all strings on a given harp. Larger instruments like the modern concert harp mix string materials to attain their extended ranges. A person who plays the harp is called a harpist or harper. Folk musicians often use the term "harper", whereas classical musicians use "harpist".

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Lily Neill
... Lily Neill is an American-born harp player who specialises in traditional Irish music and related folk music traditions ... Neill was born in Maryland, United States and started playing the harp at the age of nine, after taking several years of piano lessons ... professional public performance the following year, earning many awards at harp competitions in the USA including the U.S ...
Cross Seamount - Biology - Concerns and Studies - HARP
... Cross seamount hosts a High-frequency Autonomous Acoustic Recording Package (HARP), installed on its summit by the NOAA in April 2005 ... The purpose of the HARP is to monitor cetaceans that near the seamount, and ultimately to develop ways to work with the marine mammal population using acoustic data ...
Harp - As A Symbol - Religious
... heaven is sometimes symbolically depicted with saints and/or angels playing harps in it ... great thunder and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps." (KJV) This may be a reference to the kind of harp played, e.g ... orchestral music sometimes employs the ethereal sound of the modern orchestral harp to depict heaven ...
Luis Bordón - Artistic Career
... record in 1959, when he produced his first job in LP, called "Paraguayan harp in Hi Fi" (Paraguayan harp in High Fidelity) ... very soon became an international success, even achieving that the instrument’s name of Indian harp was changed to Paraguayan harp ... length, which had spread and reached around the world and lovers of Paraguayan harp have included them in their private collections as high artistic value materials ...

More definitions of "harp":

  • (noun): A small rectangular free-reed instrument having a row of free reeds set back in air holes and played by blowing into the desired hole.
    Synonyms: harmonica, mouth organ, mouth harp
  • (verb): Come back to.
    Synonyms: dwell
  • (noun): A pair of curved vertical supports for a lampshade.
  • (noun): A chordophone that has a triangular frame consisting of a sounding board and a pillar and a curved neck; the strings stretched between the neck and the soundbox are plucked with the fingers.

Famous quotes containing the word harp:

    I have been in Sorrow’s kitchen and licked out all the pots. Then I have stood on the peaky mountain wrapped in rainbows, with a harp and a sword in my hands.
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960)

    Sweet is the day of sacred rest;
    No mortal cares shall seize my breast;
    O may my heart in tune be found
    Like David’s harp of solemn sound.
    Isaac Watts (1674–1748)

    I held it truth, with him who sings
    To one clear harp in diverse tones,
    That men may rise on stepping-stones
    Of their dead selves to higher things.
    Alfred Tennyson (1809–1892)