There aren’t many instruments that have had more names, varieties or as world-wide a reach as the hammered dulcimer
. Literally meaning "sweet song" from the Roman translation, this stringed instrument (typically played with mallets), originated in Persia nearly 2000 years ago. Variations of the dulcimer can be seen and heard in Asian and European traditional music and extend all the way to American folk music and even the Blue Man Group. One type of dulcimer called the cimbalom
, has been featured in music of Zoltan Kodaly and Igor Stravinsky. Tonight, we hear the dulcimer used in music ranging from Robert Een
to Christof Dienz
and Lou Harrison
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