This album has an hour of healing harp music to aid relaxation and encourage peace and harmony through musical medicine from the harp. The music is rooted in the principles of harmony within ancient music as taught by Pythagoras.
The harp is one of the oldest known stringed musical instruments. Images dating back to 15,000 BC of harp-like instruments have been found in cave paintings in Ariège, Les Trois Frères region of the French Pyrénées. The word ‘harp’ or ‘harpa’ originates from the Anglo-Saxon, Old German and Old Norse words, meaning ‘to pluck’.
Harmonious harp and lyre music has soothed mankind with peace and relaxation since ancient times and musicians played music to heal disease. The Bible tells us of David playing his harp to relieve Saul’s depression. In the 6th century BC, the Greek philosopher Pythagoras prescribed certain notes or pieces of music, which he described as ‘musical medicine’, to treat many ailments. It has been said that Alexander the Great’s sanity was restored by music played on the lyre (356 to 323 BC).
Throughout time, the harp has been closely connected with spirituality and healing and has been described as creating a bridge between the physical and non-physical worlds. The instrument has captivated mankind with evocative sounds, creating music to reconnect us to our spiritual roots. In the last half century, the harp has begun to be used again as a healing tool and scientific studies have demonstrated beneficial effects of listening to harmonious music from the harp.