Linking your favorite traveling artists across the globe
Tell me about medieval music, the ancient musical instruments that have survived through to today. Tell me about the artists that bring song to life at Reenactment events and Renaissance Fairs.
I'd be happy to! We'll start off slow, these things can be overwhelming you know!
What is a Hammer Dulcimer?
The hammered dulcimer was extensively used during the Middle Ages in England, France, Italy, Germany, Holland and Spain. The dulcimer's origin is uncertain, but tradition holds it was invented in Persia (Iran), as the santur, some 2000 years ago. It is a stringed musical instrument with the strings stretched over a trapezoidal sounding board. Typically, the hammered dulcimer is set on a stand, at an angle, before the musician, who holds small mallet hammers in each hand to strike the strings.
The Santur, the ancestor of the dulcimer may have looked something like this:
Sorry I forgot to record sources, most came from Wikipedia though.
Tomorrow, come by and learn about the Harp!