From the Library: Strings


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 http://loudcity.com/stations/radio-riel/tune_in; out­side the US, tune to http://main.radioriel.org, 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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