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Victor de Pontigny and Paul Sparks

(b Heilbronn, 1802; d Styria, 1890). German jew's harp and guitar player. After an initial lack of success in his native country, he travelled through Switzerland in 1825–6, eventually arriving in Paris where he worked as a guitar virtuoso. In 1827 his op.1 (a set of 12 airs for solo guitar) was published by Richault in Paris, and in the same year he appeared in London as a guitarist and jew's harpist. He produced extremely beautiful effects by performing on 16 jew's harps, having for many years cultivated this instrument in an extraordinary manner. The patronage of the Duke of Gordon induced him to return to London in ...


Razia Sultanova

Metal jew’s harp of the Turkmen, Uzbek and Yakut peoples. In Uzbekistan it is also known as the chang-qobuz and is played by groups of women or children; among the Yakut peoples of Siberia it is played by male ensembles. In the past women’s groups (consisting of 4–5 women) of the Surkharndarya-Kashkadarya region played the ...