This is the oldest form of harp in Europe.
The instruments are reconstructed mainly following illustrations in early Christian manuscripts, the psalters.

 

Romanesque harp, St. Blaise's Abbey


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An illustration in a manuscript from St. Blaise's Abbey in the Black Forest was the inspiration for this harp. I build this harp with romanesque decor in the spirit of the period 800 - 1100 A.D.

 

 

  • Wood: Maple
  • Height: 69 cm
  • Strings: 18 in gut
  • Range: a-d'''
  • Weight: 1.4 kg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Double-strung harp, Spain, around 1390


Piedra HarfeThis interesting harp is illustrated on a triptych in Piedra monastery in Spain.

I make this harp after the iconographical depiction, with parallel rows of 16 strings each. The double stringing can also be tuned chromatically, if the player wishes. This means that this model offers many opportunities for experimentation in early music.

The carving on this instrument has not been identified yet but may depict a legend of the period.

 

  • Wood: Maple
  • Height: 74 cm
  • Strings: 2 x 16 strings in gut
  • Range: d-e'''
  • Weight: 3,9 kg

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Hunterian Psalter Harp


HunterianRomanesque harp, England, 12th century

This shapely Romanesque harp is based on the so-called Hunterian Psalter. The harp has a bright, clear tone. I also make this harp with the original decoration on the neck and pillar: Further information can be given on request.

  • Wood: Maple
  • Weight: 79 cm
  • Strings: 19 / 21 in gut or fluorocarbon
  • Range: g-d''' / g-f'''
  • Weight: 1.8 kg