The Chromatic Harp

Mar 28, 2013

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  In 1904, the Parisian firm of instrument makers, Pleyel, commissioned Debussy to write a piece for their new chromatic harp.  Debussy responded with Sacred and Profane Dances, which instantly became an important part of the repertory. 

However, the complicated chromatic harp eventually failed in favor of the more common diatonic harp, which is the one in use today.