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[*] Post 510904 posted on 8-1-2018 at 05:18 Reply With Quote
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[*] Post 510907 posted on 8-1-2018 at 10:16 Reply With Quote


Q: Why is it called a "harp"

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The term is partly inspired by the Aeolian harp, a stringed instrument that is left outdoors to be played by the wind, whose name was taken from Aeolus, the god of the wind. Early names for the harmonica were Aeolina, Aeolian and Mund-Aeoline, which stressed this link with the Aeolian harp. As the earliest harmonica-like instruments were little more than a few reeds attached to a reedplate that was held to the players lips, the resemblance to a harp was quite pronounced. The introduction to Instructions for the Æolina, or Mund-Harmonica, published in New York in 1830 proudly boasts:

THE ÆOLINA from the originality of its construction and the beauty of its effects, is a decided novelty in the musical art; the expressive sweetness of its tones, the richness of the harmonies it renders, and the contrasts of its exulting swells and dying cadences, realize the poetical descriptions of the harp of Æolus and greatly surpass its practical results; while the regularity of its scale gives it advantages of the most important kind, which that instrument does not possess. From the close resemblance of its tones to those of this harp of the winds and from the analogous circumstances under which the sound is produced in both instances, the name of the Æolina has been derived.
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[*] Post 510918 posted on 8-1-2018 at 22:35 Reply With Quote


I was part of a harmonica band, instructed by the man who was my choir director during the school year. Some hymns in major keys are easy and beautiful (within the limits of my talent).
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