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Harp          Return to list of instruments

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 37 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 Beautiful DreamerFolk SongFoster
4 Cherry RipeSongVarious
5 Fantasia on GreensleevesTone PoemVaughan-Williams
6 Flute and Harp Concerto K299ConcertoMozart
7 GreensleevesFolk SongVarious
8 Hamabdil - a Hebrew MelodyChamber MusicBantock
9 I had a little Nut treeFolk SongVarious
10 Introduction et AllegroChamber MusicRavel
11 Jack And JillNursery RhymesVarious
12 L'Arlesienne Suites Nos 1 and 2.SuiteBizet
13 L'Elisir d"AmoreOperaDonizetti
14 Memory from 'Cats'.Popular SongsLloyd-Webber
15 Nutcracker Suite, from the BalletBallet MusicTchaikovsky
16 Organ Concerto No.6 in Bb Op 4 No.6ConcertoHandel
17 Over the RainbowPopular SongsVarious
18 Sicilienne Op 78Short PieceFauré
19 Song to the Moon from RusalkaOperaDvořák
20 The Harp that Once through Tara's HallsSongStevenson
21 There was a Jolly MillerFolk SongVarious
22 Three Coins in the FountainPopular SongsVarious
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