To all but its players the harp is an unusual instrument, certainly to
the untutored ear. Given a quick question of where it may be heard loud
and clear in a popular orchestral work, many of us would dither and dry
up. I only recalled it with difficulty - the Nutcracker waltz. There
are myths, of which I suppose the dumbest is the harp's 'heavenly' music
tag. If angels progressed to a fully-grown harp they'd never get airborne.
Harp teachers and players sometimes assume the role of composer on the
grounds that they know better than composers how best to draw resourcefully
from the instrument. In so doing they condemn the unfortunate instrument
and player to an avalanche of stillborn music.
Copyright © 16 August 2000
Basil Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK
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