From the Library: Strings

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by Otenth Paderborn on Wednesday, 15 September, 2010

Cello, Violin, Nyckelharpa, Hardingfele. Today’s program features bowed strings in both classical and folk styles. As listeners no doubt know, the cello and violin each have four strings played by means of a bow. The nyckelharpa and hardingfele, both about the size of a violin, have additional strings that create resonant tones through sympathetic vibration. The notes on a nyckelharpa are created by pressing keys that act as frets on the strings, which you may hear in some of today’s recordings.

Today’s program is from the library of Otenth Paderborn and is produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with the Alexandrian Free Library Consortium of Second Life. You can listen to the program now at; outside the US, tune to, or simply click here if your browser is configured to launch a player automatically.

For more information on the Alexandrian Free Library, current exhibits and the work of Consortium members in general, please visit the Alexandrian Free Library website, or one of their branches in-world.

Image: A hardingfele made by Knut Gunnarsson Helland. Photo by Frode Inge Helland from Wikimedia Commons.

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