Styles and details


Harp paintings


All you would like to know about harps

On this page you will find answers to some questions in the following pictures, pdf-articles and interesting links.

Of course, I know only a part of what is hidden behind the history of the harp. Furthermore I will limit the topics on the single action harp.


TIMELINE of pedal harps

The TIMELINE about the history of the single action harp

Here you can find my current "Timeline" as a pdf for download. However you are asked to accept that this timeline can never meet the demand of completeness. For the purpose of simplification only the most important aspects are recorded.


» TIMELINE pedalharps pdf



THE HARP CATALOGUE of the Instrumentenmuseum Berlin

The harp catalogue of the Musikinstrumentenmuseum Berlin

The descriptional catalogue by Prof. Dr. Dagmar Droysen-Reber and Beat Wolf has grown to a splendid illustrated book and may be praised - with good conscience - currently as the most complete encyclopaedia of early harps. It is available only in German language, but the more than 300 detailed illustrations will speak enough to arouse enthusiasm. A glossary translates technical terms into English.

ISBN 3-922378-18-8

Available at: Musikinstrumenten-Museum Berlin / Phone 0049 (0)30 254 81 0.  » Museum Shop



Interesting articles

You will find the timeline of the single action harp further above on this page. Here you will find some more informative files:

» The Louis XVI-Harp pdf

» One of the first pedal harps: J. Hochbrucker pdf

» Music / tutors for single-action harps  pdf

» DVD Building a Louis XVI-Harp

Some clever links

About history:

» Harps at Harp Spectrum: Site from U.S.A.

» ERARD-Dokumente (franz. / engl.)

Museum with a large collection of harps:

» Musée de la Musique Paris

Acoustic principles & music theory:

» Acoustic-site by Dan Russel

» Music history & theory by Dolmetsch

» Pitch & temperament at Dolmetsch


Double-action system after the patent by Charles GRÖLL, 1807. Here just a simple trial in plywood, without the necessary rolls.