from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A variety of guitar invented early in the nineteenth century, in which, by pressing a dital or thumb-key, the pitch of the strings may be chromatically raised. See dital harp, under dital.


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  • Isabella learns a new instrument something like a guitar, called a harp-lute.

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  • The rest of the concert was explicitly about the harp, and pre-eminently the Malian harp-lute known as the kora.

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  • Guinean singer and composer Djeli Mousa Diawara is foremost among world players of the Kora, the African harp-lute of the Manding peoples of the Senegambia.


  • Barber's Sound Affairs ensemble has a parallel range of traditions: the muted tones of viola, double bass and bass clarinet are sharpened not just by keyboard and percussion but by the kora (the west African harp-lute) and the mbira (the

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