Music for a small harp
by Dwight Newton
|In the mid 1980's, my friend Tom Creech
and I began making Celtic harps. We built six small 22-string harps
based on a stringing pattern designed (or calculated) by Mark Bolles
from a series of articles by him about harp physics in the Folk
Harp Journal. Tom did most of the basic research and design work
and I did a lot of the woodworking, especially on the pillars and
heads, and I also did most of the stringing up. Tom later built a
couple of larger harps on his own. You can see pictures of these and
other instruments I've built on my
I wrote these tunes on the small harp. For only having three diatonic octaves (ascending from middle C), I discovered a tremendous versatility in this humble instrument. I offer this music for the enjoyment of whoever finds it pleasing, but please don't republish without my permission.
I am very interested in knowing what people think of these tunes. Send comments via the Oriscus Comments Form. Thanks.
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