2.5 Original Welsh Musical Instruments
Welsh instruments are only the harp, the crwth and the pibcorn.
The harp consisted for a
long time of just a row of strings, originally made of horse's hair. It only
developed later to a double harp with 2 rows of strings that made the playing of
sharps and flats easier. Since the 14th century a triple harp has
been used and is mainly used these days. This has a range of 5 octaves. The most
recent improvement was the invention of the pedals to produce half tones.
The crwth is little used
these days. It was of a similar construction to the lyre, had 6 strings and was
played with a bow.
The pibcorn or hornpipe had ends made out of horn and was 19 inches long. It had holes for the fingers and one hole at the back for the thumb. The tone was similar to that of an oboe.
cf. Bingley, W., p.