This instrument derives its name from Aeolus, the mythological keeper of the winds. It consists of a box of several feet in length with catgut strings tuned in unison. The instrument is placed on a window ledge and and played by the action of the wind which vibrates the strings generating harmonics. The variation in the strength of the wind and the thickness of the strings creates a chordal effect.
The Aeolian Harp was popular around the 17th and 18th centuries and is occasionally seen nowadays as a toy or novelty item.
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