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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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The title does not refer to a Psalter, but to a musical instrument, a psaltery or lyre, often represented on frontispiece engravings of early hymn books.
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.
In addition, there are other types of Aragonese music represented here, including a May visiting song, hymns, and dance tunes from the Pyrenees (the latter accompanied by a strangely compelling flute and psaltery).
The Old Testament speaks of bells,cymbals and timbrel (percussion); psaltery, sack but and dulcimer (strings); pipes,flute and horn (wind).
The five ladies who make up the Ensemble Galilei play fiddle, pipes, oboe, recorders, pennywhistle, Celtic harp, viola da gamba, percussion, and bowed psaltery. They sprinkle a little Marais and Corelli into the otherwise conventional Irish and Scottish collection, as well as a number of their own modern compositions, to produce a well-ordered mix of tunes.
One played the harp; another the viol; another, the flute; another, a fife; one played a rebeck; another, a rote; one sang the words; another played notes; one, the sackbut; another, the fife; one, the bagpipe; another, the reed-pipe; one, the mandora and another attuned the psaltery with the monochord; one performed with marionettes, another juggled knives; some did gymnastics and tumbling tricks; another danced with his cup; one held the hoop; another leapt through it; everyone performed his art perfectly.
and Mary Anna Dunn played a selection of instrumental American and Irish folk music on the dulcimer, bowed psaltery, and guitar.
(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.
(39) This practice continued into adulthood: see the quotation from Yeats's 'Speaking to the Psaltery' reproduced by Stallworthy, pp.
For the first time we read of the existence of roving "bands" or "companies" (hevel) of prophets accompanied by the music of "psaltery, timbrel, pipe and harp."(35) We have every reason to believe that these groups were organized by Samuel nationwide, as part of his program to decentralize the cult, democratize the phenomenon of prophecy, and prepare the populace for the appearance of a leader of the charismatic-savior-type.(36) Since Samuel was a Levite it is reasonable to assume that he conscripted many of these trainees in ecstatic prophecy from his own tribesmen.
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).