The harp is one of the oldest musical instruments, and was developed from the hunting bow. Harps were played in Egypt and Mesopotamia from around 3000 B.C.
The frame harp had a straight column, and appeared in Western Europe in early medieval times. Over the next ten centuries, the harp evolved to include more strings, and pedals were added to enable the harpist to play in all musical keys.
In 1810, a double-action pedal harp was invented with seven pedals, and this style of harp is used most often in orchestras today.
Juan Hildago - (1614-1685)
Carlos Salzedo – (1885 -1961)
Nicanor Zabaleta – (1907-1993)
Victor Salvi – (1920-2015)
Jana Bouskova – (1970-)
Mozart – Concerto for Flute and Harp
Saint-Seans - Fantasie for Violin and Harp
Francesco Petrini – Duo for two harps (Op. 7)
C.P.E. Bach – Sonata for Harp in G major
Britten – Suite for Harp