Definition of triple harp in English:

triple harp

noun

  • A large harp without pedals, and with three rows of strings, the middle row providing sharps and flats.

    Also called Welsh harp
    • ‘He began his pursuit of the Welsh triple harp in 1980 while employed at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.’
    • ‘The triple harps may be made with the original neck design in which all of the strings are strung from the left side, or with a more modern neck design with the two outer rows of strings strung from opposite sides of the neck which greatly reduces the tendency for the neck to roll over to the left.’
    • ‘Double harps may be somewhat easy, but triple harps throw a layer of sharp strings in the middle; adept harpists reach inside and pluck the note and make it look easy in one fluid motion.’
    • ‘As a matter of fact, it must be admitted, that the old triple harp is fast falling into desuetude.’
    • ‘The double and triple harps continue today in the Welsh tradition.’
    • ‘Cross harps and triple harps are chromatic and do not require pedals or sharping levers to play accidentals.’
    • ‘It is believed that the first ‘telyn deires’ or triple harp in Wales was made towards the end of the 17th century by Elis Sion Siamas of Llanfachreth near Dolgellau.’
    • ‘As the name suggests, the triple harp has three essentially parallel courses of strings.’
    • ‘The traditional triple harp had only one row of sharps for two rows of naturals, and the player had to be able to ‘strategize’ his-her use of the sharps.’
    • ‘The earliest surviving triple harp is in the Museo Civico and dates back to the late 17th century.’
    • ‘As is the case for all triple harps, the main disadvantage of this instrument is the number of strings.’
    • ‘She had a triple harp workshop on her estate, and encouraged the playing of the instrument at eisteddfodau.’
    • ‘It features the triple harp, which became known as the Welsh national instrument in the 19th century.’
    • ‘Most triple harps feature about 90 strings and are strung with light tension.’
    • ‘It needed a hand free for long enough to turn the necessary hooks in each octave, but it was a great deal lighter and cheaper than the triple harp.’