Romanesque harps

This is the oldest form of harp in Europe. The instruments are reconstructed mainly following illustrations in early Christian manuscripts, the psalters.

Romanesque harp, St. Blaise's Abbey

An illustration in a manuscript from St. Blaise's Abbey in the Black Forest was the inspiration for this harp. I build this harp with romanesque decor in the spirit of the period 800 - 1100 A.D.

Wood: Maple
Height: 69 cm
Strings:18 in gut
Range: a-d'''
Weight: 1.4 kg

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Double-strung harp, Spain, around 1390

This interesting harp is illustrated on a triptych in Piedra monastery in Spain. I make this harp after the iconographical depiction, with parallel rows of 16 strings each. The double stringing can also be tuned chromatically, if the player wishes. This means that this model offers many opportunities for experimentation in early music. The carving on this instrument has not been identified yet but may depict a legend of the period.


Wood: Maple
Height: 74 cm
Strings: 2 x 16 strings in gut
Range: d-e'''
Weight: 3,9 kg

A simple student version can also be supplied: Please contact me for details.

 

Hunter's psalter Harp

Romanesque harp, England, 12th century

This shapely Romanesque harp is based on the so-called Hunter's psalter. The harp has a bright, clear tone. I also make this harp with the original decoration on the neck and pillar: Further information can be given on request.


Wood: Maple
Weight: 79 cm
Strings: 19 / 21 in gut or fluorocarbon
Range: g-d''' / g-f'''
Weight: 1.8 kg