02009-09-15 | Uncategorized | 6 comments

The rehearsal with the trio yesterday went very well. I wrote a new piece last week and it sounded nice right off the bat! More rehearsing today and tomorrow!

The webpage for Under the Rose is live now, at:
https://www.ottmarliebert.com/rose/. Please pass it on!

Brenda left a question:

Brenda Says: September 13th, 2009 at 11:35
I have spent a little bit of time learning to play a dulcimer. Very little time to tell the truth. What is the difference between a dulcimer and zither? Dulcimer seems every simple in finger placement and my children were taught to play homemade dulcimer of octagon shaped to stand in front of as a teaching dulcimer. Many people craft dulcimers in these hills. Eight children could strum, learn, and perform together. In Appalachia, many people play the dulcimer. Does the zither sound much different? I think the sound of a dulcimer would be very complimentary to your sound.

When I speak of the zither, I mean the concert zither – see this wikipedia entry – with a fretted fingerboard. The instrument you discribe might be the Appalachian Dulcimer. The two instrument are remotely related, but while the Appalachian Dulcimer has three or four strings, the concert zither has 32 to 37, depending on the model.


  1. yumi

    “…wrote a new piece last week and it sounded nice right off the bat!”

    Wow! Wonderful!
    (Sounded more like a continued tribute to “w” words: wrote, week, wow, wonderful…but, exciting news!)

  2. Brenda

    Thanks! What prompted my question the most, I failed to comment was that YOU, Our Famous Ottmar, and I say that out of awe and kindness; expressed how difficult it was for you to play. My wonder the most was the Sound of a Zither compared to a dulcimer? I do like the sound of a dulcimer, and have heard as many as eight dulcimer’s playing a song, so I would think that a Concert Zither has a ……. sound?

    Looking forward to sharing Under the Rose… THANKS SO MUCH!

  3. Ottmar

    Brenda: I am not sure how to describe the sound! Did you ever watch “The Third Man”, a wonderful British movie from 1949? Here are a few links: The Third Man on Wikipedia. Anton Karasa playing the main theme from the movie on TV – on YouTube.

  4. Brenda

    SMILE – Thank for the YouTube link. First time seeing or hearing a Zither for me in a performance. As a child in the 1960’s I might have watched on television “The Third Man”. My Saturday afternoon Black & White television movie in the 60’s were Shirley Temple, Westerns, Three Stoogies and my favorite a Hollywood Musical. Appreciate it. These mountains keep us hillbillies a little sheltered to all the many talents that surround us. Awe – but there is hope! :)

  5. Boris

    Great to see the website for Under the Rose finally up! Do u have any news when the CD comes out?

  6. Ottmar

    Boris: I don’t know. I think Jon mentioned that it was pushed back to the end of October. I also have no idea where the CD will be available or what kind of distribution Rahim has set up.


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