The harp is both the oldest and the newest of instruments. It has existed in some form in nearly all cultures since man has made music. The contemporary concert instrument has been known since the mid-19th century. This work is a compendium of the biographies of many notable harpists of the modern era. The biographies make clear how these performers shaped the contrasts in style and technique of harp playing that have developed over the past 150 years, as cultural, social, and psychological forces influenced individual performance. In addition to the biographical information, the A-Z entries include critical reviews, discographies, and selected bibliographies where possible. New material from the former Soviet states is included.
|Series:||Bio-Critical Sourcebooks on Musical Performance Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.81(d)|
About the Author
WENONAH MILTON GOVEA is Professor Emeritus of Music at California State University in Hayward. She is a composer, performer, and teacher and has shared her talent with her community as director of numerous local honor choirs as well as introducing harp in the public schools. She also established her university's harp program, expanding it to include a harp ensemble which performed professionally. Recently, she initiated the AHS Summer Institute for student harpists and was instrumental in the formation of the American Harp Society Foundation.
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Boschsa, Robert Nicholas Charles
Cardon, Jean Baptiste
de Genlis, Stéphanie Félicité
de Mello, Acacia
Dizi, Francois Joseph
Parish Alvars, Elias
Spohr, Dorette Scheidler