principle with the use of an eighth
pedal. this documents an important stage in the instrument’s development, in which the
single-actionpedalharp was gaining ground in competition with the double-action harp.
In the course of research, the maker was identified for another two instruments that had
previously been listed as harps by anonymous makers. the comparisons include another
three specimens of harps made by Brunner from other music collections abroad.
Franz Brunner – harp – collection of musical instruments at the national Museum – Czech
Museum of Music
collection of the Czech Museum of Music document the Czech
socio-cultural context in which the harps of the French instrument maker were used from the late
nineteenth century until the middle of the twentieth.
Key words: Sébastien Erard, harp, Czech Museum of Music instrument collection, pedal harp, single-
actionpedalharp, double-action pedal harp, musical instrument manufacturers, decorating of
The current harp collection at the National Museum – Czech Museum of Music (NM‑ČMH)
contains a total of sixty‑three specimens,1 and the