from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An organlike keyboard instrument that produces tones with free metal reeds actuated by air forced from a bellows.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small keyboard instrument consisting of a series of reed pipes which sound when air is allowed to pass through them by means of a valve that opens when a key is depressed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A musical instrument, resembling a small organ and especially designed for church music, in which the tones are produced by forcing air by means of a bellows so as to cause the vibration of free metallic reeds. It is now made with one or two keyboards, and has pedals and stops.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the forms of the reed-organ (which see).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a free-reed instrument in which air is forced through the reeds by bellows
In later life when he had attained to wealth and prosperity the violin and the harmonium were a constant source of solace during long winter evenings in Greenwich and Peckham.
The harmonium on which Mr. Povey used occasionally to play was still behind the door; and on the harmonium was the tea-caddy of which
The chanting was in Sanskrit and Hindu, and besides the fact that the woman playing the harmonium was a regal blonde from California, we could have easily been in Varanasi.
One day I bought a "harmonium" kit at the street market in Bangalore.
Menacing clouds of reverberating discord give way to toy piano chimes synchronized with chirping melodica, booming bass drum, and mournfully wheezing harmonium, all oddly juxtaposed with Steinke's warm guitar melodies.
Often, I come home and figure the chords out later, and then with some other ones, I'll be sitting down messing with the guitar or the harmonium or something and start a melody.
Kris Davis, a pianist and composer who plays harmonium in the band, said she was attracted by the tightly structured spontaneity within the music.
He structured his band to parallel a traditional Qawwali combo — with horns to mirror the voices, percussion, harmonium — and then added his own twist: bass and guitar.
Built on a foundation of hand claps, tablas, harmonium riffs and urgent, husky harmonies, the Sufi devotional music of the Pakistani Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan 1948-97 was captivating, his high tenor swirling above the appealing rhythms.
Krishna Das plays a harmonium and is accompanied by a tabla player and cymbals.