Moraharpa - simple key fiddle with chromatic keys

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Key fiddles are the forerunners of the hurdy-gurdy. The strings are stroked with a bow, which in the case of the hurdy-gurdy is replaced by a wheel. Like the hurdy-gurdy, the played strings are pressed not with the fingers, but with the button flags. Nowadays we basically have only the nykkelharpa from Sweden.

A simple specimen of the key fiddle from 1680 was found in Älvdalen/Dalarna in Sweden. Displayed now in the Museum of Mora, it is known as a moraharpa and is considered to be a precursor to the more complex nykkelharpa. In spite of the location (and the probable place of origin) it does not seem to be constructed in a traditional Swedish manner, but essentially conforms to the key fiddle described by Michael Pratorius in 1619 in his book "Syntagma Musicum".

The moraharpa has a played side and two drone strings - there are no resonance strings. This is very similar to the usual fiddle from Middle Ages. On the original the keys form a diatonic scale. Thus, this variant of the key fiddle comes very close to the original versions of all the key fiddles and also the hurdy-gurdys.

We offer a model with a walnut body, which contrasts with the original model as it is provided with a chromatic keyboard. The tuning is variable according to the chosen tension of the strings, in this case a-e'-a 'or g-d'-g'. The selected strings are Swedish brand PRIM metal strings. The craftsmanship of this instrument is outstanding, a masterpiece of violin making!

The single-row chromatic keyboard and the manageable dimensions make the moraharpa a fascinating instrument, easy for anyone to learn, and gives a special accent to historical and folk music!

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Key fiddles are the forerunners of the hurdy-gurdy. The strings are stroked with a bow, which in the case of the hurdy-gurdy is replaced by a wheel. Like the hurdy-gurdy, the played strings are pressed not with the fingers, but with the button flags. Nowadays we basically have only the nykkelharpa from Sweden.

A simple specimen of the key fiddle from 1680 was found in Älvdalen/Dalarna in Sweden. Displayed now in the Museum of Mora, it is known as a moraharpa and is considered to be a precursor to the more complex nykkelharpa. In spite of the location (and the probable place of origin) it does not seem to be constructed in a traditional Swedish manner, but essentially conforms to the key fiddle described by Michael Pratorius in 1619 in his book "Syntagma Musicum".

The moraharpa has a played side and two drone strings - there are no resonance strings. This is very similar to the usual fiddle from Middle Ages. On the original the keys form a diatonic scale. Thus, this variant of the key fiddle comes very close to the original versions of all the key fiddles and also the hurdy-gurdys.

We offer a model with a walnut body, which contrasts with the original model as it is provided with a chromatic keyboard. The tuning is variable according to the chosen tension of the strings, in this case a-e'-a 'or g-d'-g'. The selected strings are Swedish brand PRIM metal strings. The craftsmanship of this instrument is outstanding, a masterpiece of violin making!

The single-row chromatic keyboard and the manageable dimensions make the moraharpa a fascinating instrument, easy for anyone to learn, and gives a special accent to historical and folk music!

 
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