Foreign harps

The Bologna triple harp


Dated to the 17th century

Kept at the Museo Civico, Bologna.

"Baroque Italian" design;
94 strings (34 diatonic positions), longest 164cm.

This instrument is not securely dated. it has three parallel rows of strings, two complete diatonic unison rows and a third central chromatic row.

Photo at acoustics.org

Further reading: This harp is described briefly with illustrations and dimensions, in Joan Rimmer, 'The Morphology of the Triple Harp', Galpin Society Journal XVIII, 1965

Simon Chadwick