Dear colleagues and harp enthusiasts,
I would like to inform you that my article „So wenig kultivirt, so ganz vernachlässigt“: Die Pedalharfe in Deutschland um 1800 has been published in the “Open Access” journal Phoibos: Zeitschrift für Zupfmusik (University of Bayreuth).
The article provides a comprehensive insight into the role and perception of the pedal harp in Germany in the decades either side of 1800. The study of this topic has been based on the investigation of numerous contemporary written sources, such as newspaper advertisements, concert reviews, exhibition reports, treatises and journal essays, articles in encyclopedias, as well as harp methods and manuals. The article also presents and analyses the most important reasons for the neglect of the pedal harp in Germany during this time. In addition, it includes information on surviving pedal harps of German manufacture in public and private collections, discussing their organological features and identifying similarities and differences to pedal harps built in Paris and London.
The research for this article was part of my project “A Creative Triangle of Mechanics, Acoustics and Aesthetics: The Early Pedal Harp (1780-1830) as a Symbol of Innovative Transformation”, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation (“Research in Museums” Programme) and hosted at the Deutsches Museum, Munich (2016-2020).
You can access the article using this link:
The complete current issue of this journal (Bd. 19 (2021): Digital Organology) can be accessed here:
If you have any remarks or comments about the article please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
With best wishes