Concert Zither

Name: Concert Zither.
Type: Chordophones > Zither > Box > Fretted.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 314.122.4
Country: Germany.
Region: Europe.

Description: The concert zither or [in German: Konzertzither] its variant the Alpine zither both using a fretted fingerboard and the chord zither more recently described as a fretless zither or “guitar zither”. The Concert and Alpine zithers are traditionally found in the Alpines and mainly with in Central Europe including the following Slovenia, North Western Croatia, Austria, Hungary, France, the southern regions of Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

Emigration from these areas during the 19th century introduced the concert and Alpine zither to North and South America. Chord zithers similar to the instrument in the photograph also became popular in North America during the late 19th and early 20th century.


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