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Thread #62745   Message #1015134
Posted By: Thomas the Rhymer
08-Sep-03 - 09:56 PM
Thread Name: How old are steel strings?
Subject: RE: How old are steel strings?

Carlos Paniagua has been reconstructing period instruments, mostly ancient psaltries, "using all available preserved elements"... "direct, traditional, iconographic, musical and documented sources, whether poetic or historic, literary or scientific."

"As no medieval instruments of this kind still exist, the construction of each one of them has been approached as a thesis that combines religious,court, and popular elememnts."

12th century Rota...17 simple courses, diatonic gut strings...

13th century psalterion...17 steel triple courses, diatonic, tuned in chords of a fifth and an octave

15th century Qanun...26 single courses in unison, gut strings, diatonic

14th century Large Wing...30 courses, the first four are brass simples, the rest are doubles, gut and in unison...

1781 Barroque Psaltry...26 courses of 4 or five strings each, brass and steel respectively, chromatic...

I am wondering about the steel strings on the 13th century psalterion... could it be true?

Taken from Begona Olavide's wonderful CD entitled "Salterio"