574Re: tiompan again
- Jan 26, 2007There was also an article a while ago about musical instruments in a
church that were being played by angels. Evidently it turned out
that the instruments were real after someone examined the statues
for cleaning I believe. Interestingly, the harp had brass strings.
The fact that the bass strings were twisted wire implied that the
strings weren't wire just because it was a statue. I seem to
remember that the harps were small and from the 14th century or so.
It seemed to indicate that wire strung harps were also played on the
continent. I also seem to remember that the instruments had labels
that corresponded with someone who made relatively cheap instruments
for the masses.
Anyone else hear about this?
--- In clairseach@..., "ckeithcollins"
> Thanks Alasdair and Keith S for your input. Keith, I have in fact
> read the Buckley paper. A good article, although I rather wish
> she'd included the images she mentions. They're to be found
> elsewhere, but not easily. The "stone images" pages on Simon's
> site, and clarsach.net, are very convenient.
> I recently stumbled on a web page for an instrument who builds
> rotes. One of the rotes he builds is based on an original from a
> 7th century warrior's grave in the Black Forest. The page statesspecifically
> that this "Germanic" rote was strung with wire, and he
> mentions bronze (his Sutton Hoo and Prittlewell rotes are strungof
> with gut). He cites "an old English book describing the history
> stringed instruments"; maybe he means the Galpin book "Old English
> Instruments of Music"?
> Does this ring any bells out there? Lyres/rotes on the continent
> strung with metal? I'm working from the possibility that early
> references to tiompan indicate a plucked metal-strung lyre (and
> later a bowed lyre). If lyres were (occasionally?) wire-strung on
> the continent, then does that mean that a wire-strung lyre-like
> tiompan in the Isles wasn't such an anomaly? I was under the
> impression that when the medieval writers mention metal strings it
> is because they are unusual. Or perhaps this "warrior" was from
> across the Channel... makes one wonder what else was in that
> burial. I'll have to do some digging!
> Keith Collins
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