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The harp is an ancient instrument, probably originating from the bows used by hunters. The ancient Egyptians used highly elaborate harps, as did the ancient Greeks and Romans. Today's harp used in the symphony orchestra has 46 strings, and a huge range of 6 1/2 octaves. Seven pedals are used to raise the pitch of all instances of each of the 7 notes in the diatonic scale by a semitone.

Handel used harps in some of his operas. Mozart wrote his flute and harp concerto in 1778, and Berlioz used it to great effect in his Symphonie Fantastique.


Music featuring the Harp. Audio is available for 36 tunes for this instrument.
No.Name of WorkCategoryComposer
1 As I was going to Strawberry FairFolk SongVarious
2 Barcarolle from Tales of HoffmanShort PieceOffenbach
3 Cherry RipeSongVarious
4 Fantasia on GreensleevesTone PoemVaughan-Williams
5 Flute and Harp Concerto K299ConcertoMozart
6 GreensleevesFolk SongVarious
7 Hamabdil - a Hebrew MelodyChamber MusicBantock
8 I had a little Nut treeFolk SongVarious
9 Introduction et AllegroChamber MusicRavel
10 Jack And JillNursery RhymesVarious
11 L'Arlesienne Suites Nos 1 and 2.SuiteBizet
12 L'Elisir d"AmoreOperaDonizetti
13 Memory from 'Cats'.Popular SongsLloyd-Webber
14 Nutcracker Suite, from the BalletBallet MusicTchaikovsky
15 Organ Concerto No.6 in Bb Op 4 No.6ConcertoHandel
16 Over the RainbowPopular SongsVarious
17 Sicilienne Op 78Short PieceFauré
18 Song to the Moon from RusalkaOperaDvořák
19 The Harp that Once through Tara's HallsSongStevenson
20 There was a Jolly MillerFolk SongVarious
21 Three Coins in the FountainPopular SongsVarious
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