Musicians rebuild the lost harp of ancient Cambodia

Musicians rebuild the lost harp of ancient Cambodia


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The harp pin It is shown used by maidens in the reliefs on the walls of the temple of Angkor. This instrument lends its name to pinpeat orchestras who have for years performed music for the royal courts and temples of Cambodia. Now a composer of this place has revealed the sound of this type of ancient harp that has been heard for more than eight centuries.

Unlike other instruments such as cymbals, flutes or drums, the harp pin has been lost over the years. From the 7th to the 13th centuries, many sculptures and temples were made, so there must also have been a great variety of instruments, some of them are still used today but others such as the pin harp have been abandoned to their fate.

Composer Sophy teamed up with another French musician, Keo Sonan Kavei, to recreate the small instrument using animal skin and silk strings. The first person to play the harp was Keo's daughter, Sonan kavei just 13 years old, Sereyroth.

Art, music and dance were almost destroyed during the Khmer Rouge regime and since then the effort to regain this part of humanity has been carried out by international art bodies, culminating in a festival in New York, “Cambodia Season”.

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