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A musical instrument consisting of a flat wooden sound box with numerous strings stretched across it, placed horizontally and played with the fingers and a plectrum. It is used especially in central European folk music.
- ‘They've grown up and want us to realise it; this album is more low key and features an impressive array of instruments including a ukulele, zithers, brass and strings.’
- ‘The eight-stringed zither on which the old geezer accompanies himself has a really funky tone; he adds mouth percussion between stanzas.’
- ‘Some fished in clear deep waters and fish would swim over for their bait; some played the zither and the gulls would remain docile and uninterrupted.’
- ‘Then he reaches for a what appears to be a fun-sized zither and picks out the melody to ‘I Thought’.’
- ‘The instrumentation includes a fairground organ and a zither.’
- ‘Lauper has performed on a number of instruments including guitar, dulcimer, zither, recorder, bass recorder, omnichord, banjo, ukelele, tin whistle, and drums among others.’
- ‘They also show me the instruments they keep in the forest - the flutes, bow-harps, zithers and drums that are used in the music.’
- ‘The guqin, a seven-stringed zither, is the oldest of China's stringed instruments, dating back some 3,000 years.’
- ‘Soon after his arrival in Vienna, Carol Reed heard a local musician, Anton Karas, playing an odd sort of Austrian guitar, called a zither.’
- ‘The Third Man is very much a jape - a sardonic waltz set to the mocking gaiety of its infectious zither theme.’
- ‘Accompanying Urna is her German husband and producer Robert Zollitsch, who also played the zither and performed Mogolian throat singing.’
- ‘The ballad form, which was most popular between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, often involved pastoral tales sung to the accompaniment of a lute or zither.’
- ‘The whole village is gathered in a noisy sports hall, sipping local wines, while listening to a morbid folk song played on a second-hand zither.’
- ‘European zithers are all box zithers: that is, the soundboard forms the upper surface of a wooden resonator box.’
- ‘He's heard here both solo and backed by zither and percussion.’
- ‘In addition to a weaving violin and a zither that sends chills down your spine, there is a solo voice - similar to the muezzin's call from the minarets - that is full of heartbreaking longing.’
- ‘Ancient instruments used for court music include zithers, flutes, reed instruments, and percussion.’
- ‘Or, speaking of Steiner, would Gone with the Wind be reduced in epic scope or refined in aesthetic taste were it scored with the zithers of The Third Man?’
- ‘First he trained his wife on how to play the zither.’
- ‘With harps, gourds, lutes and zithers, the album takes the listener on a journey through the band's life.’
Mid 19th century: from German, from Latin cithara (see cittern).
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