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  • n. Plural form of harmonium.


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  • Each song begins with the singers intoning wordless long notes over the steady drone of two harmoniums, a kind of horizontal accordion that has begun to take the place of older instruments like the sitar.

    Qawwali Ambassadors

  • On Tuesday, Union Square Park will open its gates to the sound of tambourines, reed flutes, harmoniums and guitars as more than a dozen Pakistani musicians take to the stage to launch the inaugural New York Sufi Music Festival.

    The Ecstatic Sounds of Peace

  • A group of qawwali musicians, called a party, typically consists of eight or nine men — women are, for all intents and purposes, excluded from traditional Muslim music as respectable women are traditionally prohibited from singing in the presence of men, though these traditions are changing — including a lead singer, one or two side singers, one or two harmoniums (which may be played by lead singer, side singer or someone else), and percussion.

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  • At one time the building had been a factory — harmoniums had been built there — and, factory-like, it had uselessly high ceilings, of pressed tin.

    'The Senator's Wife'

  • Musicians were beaten and imprisoned, their rubab% › iamboura% › and harmoniums trampled upon.

    A Thousand Splendid Suns

  • Next, to their aural orifices, and the avenues audient of the brain, was borne a very melancholy sound as of harmoniums, hymns, organ-pianos, psalteries, and the like, all playing different airs, in a kind most hateful to the Muses.

    Letters to Dead Authors

  • One played a tabla, a linked treble and bass drum, and the other two were playing harmoniums, accordion-like keyboards.

    Meditation as Medicine

  • Many other sisters in the Lord were, called on to help -- some to play the harmoniums provided in each room, and lead the singing in varied languages -- others in writing letters for those who could not use a pen themselves, and whose hearts were softened by kindness shown in this way -- others in filling, bags with books and tracts.

    God's Answers A Record of Miss Annie Macpherson's Work at the Home of Industry, Spitalfields, London, and in Canada

  • If I go alone I shall be drawn in among the flutes and harmoniums.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, March 25, 1914

  • Thimbles and ploughs, eau-de-cologne and mangles, American stoves, cotton dresses of astounding patterns to suit the taste of Dutch ladies, harmoniums and flat-irons, -- all stood peaceably side by side together.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 099, March, 1876


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