A long time ago came to light this tool. Born, like the harp, of the stretched string of a bow. Only changed it differently: steel strings not to pull on the frame, and on a wooden Board, and then, to get the best resonance, flat box with sides of different lengths corresponding to the gradually increasing length of the strings.
Century Vasnetsov. The gusla players
Contractor-player laid his tool on her knees and fingering the strings, sang songs, and told tales. It was the harp zvonchaty. Yet they were called harp Araucaria. You probably have seen these names in the epics and ancient Russian fairy tales.
No one remembers when they appeared in Russia. Even the legendary Boyan, singing the glory of the princes in "the Word about Igor's regiment", was the guslar.
In the XVII century there were other, more sophisticated harp, with more than zvonchaty, the number of strings. They were then called "table", and we say more familiar, more modern - table. It was rectangular tool that was put on the table or just attached to it legs. The sound was brighter and stronger opportunities for artist - is wider than the harp zvonchaty.
In the beginning of XX century table psaltery were improved N. Privalov. He created the lyre four sizes, from very small to very large - Piccolo, receive, viola and bass.
The orchestra of folk instruments are used keyboards, harp, designed by N. Fomin also in the beginning of our century. They have a great range - from five to seven octaves, sweet, full, rich sound.
The Russian gusli many relatives. This Lithuanian kankles, and Estonian Kannel, and Karelian Kantele. National Karelian epos "Kalevala" was performed under the sounds of the Kantele. In our time, Kantele, too advanced, have five types: Piccolo, receive, Alto, bass and contrabass.
The ensemble of kantelist