Ancient Music

The Bowed Psaltry

Zithers

    The bowed psaltry is strong voiced (thanks to the bow) and can stand out above a group of other instruments. Originally diatonic, modern versions are chromatic for two octaves, usually in the key of D. Notice that the lower row of end-pins are spaced like the black keys on the piano so that the key of D is all on the same side.

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