from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A stringed instrument once used in Sweden, essentially similar to the hurdy-gurdy, but sounded with a bow instead of a wheel. It had 4 principal strings of gut, 2 of which were drones, 8 sympathetic strings of metal, and 19 keys or tangents.


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  • The nyckelharpa is a unique instrument, and it's interesting to hear how you've incorporated it into your sound. Site Feed

  • While Johansson described the nyckelharpa, which is essentially a Swedish 16-stinged keyed fiddle played with a bow, as "a portable, disposable barbeque rack," it was clear that his mastery of this unique instrument helped to fuel the musical vehicle that Marshall and Anger have worked so hard to fine tune.


  • A wild Recercada by Diego Ortiz finishes off this exciting set, which is complimented by a rich palette of instrumental color from delightful instruments like the Swedish stringed instrument called the nyckelharpa, the vihuela de mano, which is a Spanish lute, and the sprightly sound of an organ.

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  • Hield is a fine technical singer, though the best songs here are those featuring the subtle accompaniment of Boden on fiddle, concertina and guitar, and his Bellowhead colleague Sam Sweeney adding viola, fiddle or the traditional Swedish nyckelharpa.

    Fay Hield: Looking Glass

  • By far the strangest instrument encountered was the nyckelharpa, pictured above.

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • Labels: globalquerque, nyckelharpa posted by dubjay at 2:10 PM

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • Sometimes people get very crazy - I once had a nyckelharpa delivered here and practically had to hold a news conference when I opened the thing up - since it was coming from Sweden, the UPS guy would not leave until I'd opened up the box within the box within the box and OK'd that it was not damaged.

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  • Recorded at Real World Studios and featuring a host of acclaimed musicians, the album proffers a treasure trove of instruments, from harp, hurdy-gurdy and accordion to oud, lyra, kanoun and nyckelharpa the Scandinavian keyed fiddle.

    Archive 2006-11-01

  • Pessi's Baroque harp feels remarkably guitar-like against the nervous flutter of nyckelharpa keys and the haunting solo, played midway through by Marco Ambrosini.


  • The instrumentation, lovingly performed and beautifully recorded, consists of Baroque harp, viola da gamba and nyckelharpa - an antiquated contraption that looks like a cross between a fiddle and keyboard.



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  • The gamelan comes from Jakarta

    And Stockholm supplies nyckelharpa.

    When they jam together

    Regardless of weather

    They dress in sarong and a parka.

    May 23, 2016

  • The Norwegians have the hardanger fiddle, which I love.

    July 16, 2007

  • a keyed fiddle traditional in Sweden

    July 16, 2007

  • nice one! I like the sound of it.

    July 16, 2007