Harps make magic

October 22, 2011

Sometimes I forget things. Like in orchestration and composing: putting a harp into the texture injects magic into the music, whether it’s Handel or Boulez. I realize that I’m a string guy, attracted to the plucked string world (guitars, banjos, ukes etc) and the harp is in that world, but guitars don’ts alway say “you’re not in Kansas anymore” the way harps do.

Harps are powerful musical magicians and not airy fairies.

[Photo: Susan Allen with her two black harps, Darth 1 & 2]

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