Friday, September 10, 2010


The earliest known examples of this musical instrument from the Anatolian, Mesopotamian and Egyptian civilisations, date back to around 1,000 B.C.

Angled harps were used for thousands of years by Anatolian, Mesopotamian and Egyptian civilisations, and the latest to emerge was the Ottoman çeng that was used up until the last quarter of the 17th century, but due to the difficulties in playing, carrying and tuning it, and the increasing popularity of such instruments as the tambur and santur, it slowly disappeared from the stage of history until Fikret Karakaya who had to reinvent the instrument, then learnt to play it himself when he was unable to find a musician to play it.

HERE, Fikret Karakaya plays the çeng he built himself.


The Blissful Banter of a Creative Crafter said...

Thank you, that was very interesting! My friend plays the harp and is wonderful it is such a beautiful sound and very calming.

Irina { Mishutka Design Studio } said...

These are so beautiful!Thanks for sharing, Pelin.