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Is it period?

Postby Zachos » Thu Jul 06, 2006 7:55 pm

I have no idea how you spell dolcemer, but is it a period instrument for medieval times, particularly 14th/15th century.

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Postby Cream-T » Thu Jul 06, 2006 8:25 pm

Dulcimer. And yes, it is an authentic mediaeval instrument. - extremitatem acutam ad hostibus!

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Postby Karen Larsdatter » Thu Jul 06, 2006 9:49 pm

Depends on the variety of dulcimer, though; on this side of the Atlantic, what many people think of as a dulcimer is technically the "mountain dulcimer" -- see or for pictures -- if that's the sort of dulcimer you mean, it's kinda like a medieval zither, but it's not a very historically accurate representation of a 14th/15th century western European zither.

It's a very different-looking (and different-sounding) instrument from the hammered dulcimer, which is more appropriate for the 14th & 15th centuries -- see ... istory.htm for some examples.

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Postby busy mole » Thu Jul 06, 2006 9:50 pm

Yes as Cream T says the hammered dulcimer is fine, some of the really early ones were simple rectangular boxes with bridges to raise the strings and fix the lengths, hammered and slightly more complex than the plucked psalteries.
The Appalchian or mountain dulcimer us a very different instrument, which may have its root in the medieval period but is really later and probably came from Europe, travelled across to america where it remained more popular.

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Postby Annis » Thu Jul 06, 2006 10:05 pm

And a hammered dulcimer sounds absolutely lovely. I wish to play one, along with many other instruments...

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