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The History And Development Of Musical Instruments From The Earliest Times.

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on the sound-board at the upper part of the frame, exactly as on the Assyrian harp. If then we have here the Greek harp, it was more likely an importation from Asia than from Egypt. In short, as far as can be ascertained, the most complete of the Greek instruments appear to be of Asiatic origin. Especially from the nations who inhabited Asia-minor the Greeks are stated to have adopted several of the most popular. Thus we may read of the short and shrill-sounding pipes of the Carians ; of the Phrygian pastoral flute, consisting of several tubes united; of the three-stringed kithara of the Lydians ; and so on.
The Greeks called the harp kinyra, and this may be the reason why in the English translation of the Bible the kimior of the Hebrews, the favourite instrument of king David, is rendered harp.
The Greeks had lyres of various kinds, shown in the accom­panying woodcuts, more or less differing in construction, form, 'and size, and distinguished by different names; such as /yra,
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