Type: Chordophones > Composites > Lyres > Bowl > Bowed.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.22.71
Region: Baltic States > North Eastern Europe.
Description: The talharpa also known as a tagelharpa [tail-hair harp] or the stråkharpa [bowed harp] is a four-stringed bowed lyre from northern Europe. It was formerly widespread in Scandinavia, but is today played mainly in Estonia, particularly among that nation’s Swedish community. It is similar to the Finnish jouhikko and the Welsh crwth.
Citations: Bibliography: Andersson, Otto 1930 The Bowed Harp. Translated and edited by Kathleen Schlesinger. London: New Temple Press ; Websites: