[King David with his harp]

  • Latin: harpa


A musical instrument, roughly triangular in form, whose strings of various lengths are plucked by the fingers in order to produce sound. Drawings of the harp appear on early Egyptian, Assyrian, Hebrew, and Celtic monuments; it is mentioned in the Bible, e.g., Genesis 4; 2 Paralipomenon, 9; Psalms 70; Apocalypse 5; and was used by the minstrels of the Middle Ages. The modern pedal harp was perfected by Sebastian Erard, 1810.

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MLA Citation

  • “harp”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 February 2013. Web. 16 August 2018. <>