Definition of triple harp in English:

triple harp


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

    Also called Welsh harp
    • ‘The earliest surviving triple harp is in the Museo Civico and dates back to the late 17th century.’
    • ‘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 is the case for all triple harps, the main disadvantage of this instrument is the number of strings.’
    • ‘Cross harps and triple harps are chromatic and do not require pedals or sharping levers to play accidentals.’
    • ‘She had a triple harp workshop on her estate, and encouraged the playing of the instrument at eisteddfodau.’
    • ‘The double and triple harps continue today in the Welsh tradition.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He began his pursuit of the Welsh triple harp in 1980 while employed at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.’
    • ‘As the name suggests, the triple harp has three essentially parallel courses of strings.’
    • ‘Most triple harps feature about 90 strings and are strung with light tension.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As a matter of fact, it must be admitted, that the old triple harp is fast falling into desuetude.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It features the triple harp, which became known as the Welsh national instrument in the 19th century.’