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Princess Czartorysak’s Harp Treasures


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Label: Willowhayne Records


Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 29th June 2018



The Past of the Future was the guiding motto for Princess Izabela Czartoryska when she created a museum of national memorabilia at the end of the 18th century when Poland lost its independence. Among the thousands of exhibits is a collection of carefully copied, framed and preserved harp music. It shows that, following the example of the Parisian salons, the harp was also a highly popular instrument in Poland. Two Poles contributed to the development of the harp: Prince Michał Kazimierz Ogiński (1728-1800) - hetman, poet, composer and harpist, and his friend Karol Groll (1770-1852) - engraver, constructor, entrepreneur and distinguished scholar of Warsaw. They constructed the world's first harp with a double-action pedal system. Karol Groll patented this invention in London in 1807 and immediately following this he sold it to the French piano and harp builder, Sébastien Érard, who is still considered to be the father of the modern harp.

The Czartoryski Library includes works for the pre-Érard harp and for the harp invented in the 19th century. This treasure, a collection of almost 200 titles hidden for over 100 years in Kraków, is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for concerts.

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