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  • n. A traditional plucked string instrument of the zither family.


From Finnish kantele. (Wiktionary)


  • “In the Finnish mythology the divine Vainamoinen is said to have constructed the five-stringed harp, called kantele, the old national instrument of the Finns.

    Brave Men and Women

  • The sun sinks and Wilho Saari, the best kantele player, strikes up a tune and folks start dancing.

    The Trouble With May Amelia

  • Sinikka Langeland (vocals, kantele), Lars Anders Tomter (viola), Kåre Nordstoga (organ) (ECM)

    Sinikka Langeland: Maria's Song

  • Sung by Sinikka Langeland, who also plays the 15-string Finnish kantele, these hymn-songs are wrapped around Bach, on solo viola or organ.

    Sinikka Langeland: Maria's Song

  • I can tell you quite honestly that the first time I played that Finnish kantele for more than a couple of minutes was to record that tango on this record.

    Learning by 'Broz-mosis'

  • Or did you have to find a Finnish kantele master to teach you this?

    Learning by 'Broz-mosis'

  • I've played my kantele in front of groups, but never in front of scholars.

    Forging Folklore

  • Wish I could have been there to see and hear you play the kantele.

    Forging Folklore

  • Too bad we didn't have more time for kantele duets!

    Forging Folklore

  • Of course, I'll find an excuse to bring my kantele along as well.

    Good News!


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