Its portability and plaintive sound gave it almost immediate popularity in popular and folk circles, where it can still be found ( e.g. Bob Dylan.) In America in the early 20th century it assumed great importance in traditional blues music.
The instrument bridged the gap to classical music - and even gained some measure of respectability - with its greatest exponent, the expatriate American, Larry Adler, for whom various serious composers wrote. Many of these compositions are on recordings available today.
- Hohner, the most well-known harmonica manufacturer.