The Historical Harp
staged by other musicians,
bards, and storytellers
around historical harps!
Next year we will participate in the
at the Boston Conservatory
partially concurrent with the
Boston Early Music Festival
For more details contact
links. We'll consider all serious suggestions.
There are too many good links for us to find them all ourselves!
May 28 - June 3, 2006, Austin, TX (Yes, there be harps there!)
Early Harp Symposium: Watch for a June 2007 date,
usually with the Boston Early Music Festival, Boston, MA
Madison Early Music Festival July 8-15, 2006, Madison, WI (featuring HHS Conference)
Amherst Early Music Festival July 9-23, 2006, New London, CT
Early Music Institute June 10-17, 2006, at Longy, New York City, NY
International Baroque Institute July 21-30, 2006, at Longy, New York City, NY
Accademia D'Amore August 17-27, 2006, Seattle, WA
Irish Summer School of Wire-Strung Harp August 19-25, 2006, Kilkenny, Ireland
Edinburgh International Harp Festival April 7-12, 2006, Edinburgh, Scotland
Other European festivals
link page at harpa.com. Many of these links are out of date, but
the variety of festivals listed may aid in your search for that
"just-right" experience of the harp.
Schools hosting Early Harp programs:
Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
Madison Early Music Festival, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Historical Harpists and Harpers:
The International Historical
The Historical Harp
Society of Ireland: summer
Clarsach.net: networking around
the Irish wire harp
The Scottish Harp Society of
Historical Harp Builders and Dealers:
MusiChicago, directory of harp makers, U. S. and Europe
Music America, builders and repairs directory
Harp Mall, antique models, several builders and dealers
Lewandowski, VT, U.S.A.
Harps, ON, Canada
George Stevens, Kent, England
Harps, NY, U.S.A.
On playing historical harps:
practical advice on playing the medieval harp, by Cheryl Fulton
Spanish Double Harp, by Hannalore DeVaere
Multiple Link Pages:
Nielsen's harplust page
Asked Questions, an old, but still useful, list of dealers
and answers to other
questions about historical harps
Other Historical Harp
I've been surfing too
long, time to be apprehended by ... the Harp Police! ... The
Police were apprehended with an Error 404, by Godknowswhatmonster, but they've now been found again!!!.
Criteria for links from our "Other events" page to
We are interested in events that utilize historical harps, particularly events with
educational or entertainment value that feature these harps. We
want to maintain a focus on authentic historical connection.
Events may happen anywhere in the world!
Events may be on-going, periodic, or one-time, but they
must be open to the public, with clear answers to: Why? What is
the purpose of the event? Who is conducting the event? (either
individuals, an organization, or both) What specific things are
going to happen? Where is it happening? When are events
happening? How can an interested person get involved?
Events that are "one-time" rather than on-going must be
at least two months (preferably longer) in the future at the time
they are submitted. There must a time the event is clearly
"over," so we will know when to remove the link.
The site to which we link must be maintained and kept
up-to-date. Links to "dead" sites will be periodically removed by
the web site secretary.
Where appropriate, we would appreciate a reciprocal link
to the Historical Harp Society from your
site. We are always thankful for contributions of time or money
that further the cause of the harp
At least one member of the Historical Harp Society board
of directors will screen each link submitted for inclusion in our
site. Please allow us lead time.
A harp is a musical instrument with multiple strings
normally tuned to form a scale of some sort. To be a harp the
must be fixed to a soundboard and exert tension upward or away from the
board. In all other stringed instruments the strings are parallel to
and close to the
soundboard, usually by passing over a bridge and attaching to a
tail-piece or by attaching directly to the bridge. Early harps are
that were built before the present or most recent century. Relatively
few actual early
harps survive, so replicas or reconstructions of early types of harps
are referred to as "early harps", or "historical harps." More
information can be found here.
Why is this
The study of historical harps appeals on a number of
different levels. Harps are visually interesting. There is symbolism
which comes from the uses to which harps have historically been set.
The music of specific times and places is better understood when
rendered on the instrument for which it was composed. Playing the harp
with appropriate techniques can take you into the aesthetic of those
times and places. All of this is a search for understanding.
The Historical Harp Society
was formed in 1990 for North American friends of the harp interested in
the exchange of ideas and information about early harps, their
construction, and their music. The Society is devoted to encouraging
research on the building of early harps, harp music of the Middle Ages,
the Renaissance, and the Baroque, and the playing techniques of those
eras and their harps.
The Society distributes a lively and informative
newsletter four times per year to help members exchange ideas,
questions, enthusiasms, and awareness of kindred spirits. The Society
also interacts with its European counterpart.
Every year the Society sponsors a Conference and
Workshop devoted to the early harp. A wealth of information is
contributed at this meeting.
Membership in the Historical Harp Society is $25 per
year. You may join by sending this amount in US funds to ,
631 N. 3rd Avenue, St. Charles IL 60174. Be sure to include information
about any harps that you own and whether you are a teacher, student,
performer, researcher, or simply want to know more about early harps.
We will keep information posted about
upcoming events. We plan to publish online much of the material
that has been accumulated in connection with our annual Conferences.
update: March 22, 2006