The qanun is a descendent of the old Egyptian harp. It has played an integral part in Arabic music since the 10th century. The word qanun means 'law' in Arabic, and the word exists in English in the form of "canon." The qanun was introduced to Europe by the 12th Century, becoming known during the 14th to the 16th Century as a psaltery or zither. The qanun also resembles a dulcimer. In this section we will discuss about 7 interesting facts about the Arabic qanun musical instrument.
The form of the qanun consists of a trapezoid-shaped flat board over which 81 strings are stretched in groups of three with 24 treble chords consisting of three chords to each note.
- Attached with musician:
The instrument is placed flat on the knees which means so close. Sometimes it is placed on table of the musician.
- Spectacular String arrangement: