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psaltery

(sôl`tərē, –trē), stringed musical instrument. It has a flat soundboard over which a variable number of strings are stretched. Its origin was in the Middle East, and it is referred to in the Bible. It appeared in Europe in the 12th cent. and flourished until the late Middle Ages. The term psaltery is sometimes used as a generic term for all plucked zithers having flat bodies. The instrument is similar to a hammered dulcimerdulcimer
, stringed musical instrument. It is a wooden box with strings stretched over it that are struck with small mallets. The number of strings may vary. The dulcimer is related to the psaltery and modern zither.
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 but is plucked instead of hammered.

psaltery

Music an ancient stringed instrument similar to the lyre, but having a trapezoidal sounding board over which the strings are stretched
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Goethe's narrator prays that the wanderer will wake to the world around him and become one with it; Brahms's chorus emphatically repeats the prayer; and Styron's persona, moved by the song as if it were the divine psaltery of Goethe and Brahms, gains a sense of connection to the joys of life.
74) These include The Boston Academy Collection of Church Music, Carmina Sacra, The Psaltery, and Church Psalmody.
About the same time, praising the British actress Florence Farr's method of speaking while playing a psaltery, he had linked his dislike of "print and paper" to "something" he had always disliked about singing.
Among other instruments, an organ, lutes, a viola and a probable recorder appear in his Allegory of music (1544-5, Verona), and a harp, clavichord and psaltery in a musical group in the Louvre Paradiso (1588-92).
The mystic of the 1890s, who rejected all traces of 'externality' in art and life, lingers on: Yeats intervenes in internal dissensions in the Order of the Golden Dawn; is inspired by Gordon Craig's innovative, non-naturalistic staging effects; and pursues a hieratic solemnity in poetry through his experiments with Florence Farr and Arnold Dolmetsch in chanting verse to the psaltery.
A psaltery which Nicholas plays in the evening completes the decor.
The orchestra, based on the usual strings and organ, also has available a vast array of extra instruments (trumpet, oboe, theorbo, viola d'amore and psaltery, among others).
37) He is flanked by four figures, no doubt his co-psalmists Asaph, Ethan, Heman, and Jeduthun who play a psaltery, horn, tambourine, and cymbals.
At various wineries, David Auerbach performs on dulcimer, bowed psaltery, and other early instruments; call 963-9630 for times and tickets ($20).
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