Definitions

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  • n. An ancient Russian instrument plucked in the style of a zither sometimes played on the lap and sometimes created with table legs so that the musician can play it seated next to the instrument.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Russian zither.

Etymologies

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From Russian гусли (gúsli)

Examples

  • The music includes a gusli a hammered dulcimer with spoon-shaped sticks, and the performers sing weird, nonsense-ish rhymes.

    Stravinsky Crashes the Party

  • The Prince sat down and strummed away on the lute [_gusli_].

    Russian Fairy Tales A Choice Collection of Muscovite Folk-lore

  • History of the Russian State: "The Northern Venedi (the old name for Slavs) in the 6th century said to the Greek Emperor that the major delight of their living was music and that on the road they usually took not weapons but citharas or gusli invented by them".

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  • Magnificently robed, he stands on the shore of Lake Ilmen playing his gusli (stringed instrument) as two beautiful daughters of the Sea King float among the stylized waves listening to the music.

    Art Knowledge News

  • Fashioning Reelroad's sounds are Alexey Belkin on gusli, Galician bagpiipe, shuttle pipe, zheleika and vocals; Svetlana Kondesyuk on flute, zheleika and vocals; Natalie Visokikh on violin; Alexey Skosirev on bass guitar; Anastasia Karaseva on Irish harp, tin whistle, pandereta and vocals; Alexander Cap Dmitriev on acoustic guitar, banjo and vocals and Denis Nikoforov on drums.

    World Music Central

  • 16:39 Heartbreakingly lovely gusli music: bit.ly/2S9evF #

    October 6th, 2009

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