An Unusual Relationship

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Hannah Lash teaches composition at Yale University. Last fall she wrote and performed her first harp concerto, commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the American Composers Orchestra. You can read more about Lash in our Q&A.

Hannah Lash teaches composition at Yale University. Last fall she wrote and performed her first harp concerto, commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the American Composers Orchestra. You can read more about Lash in our Q&A.

A love letter to the harp from a composer.

I really love the harp. It pulls me in; I find it sort of addictive. Though I am a composer, and that has been my musical focus all my life, my instrument has always been harp. In the way that the piano is a staple for a lot of my composer friends, harp is the instrument I go to when I want to play through a chord progression, read through some Bach, or check some counterpoint.

But it’s more than a musical tool for me—it’s a major part of who I am. We spend a  lot of time together. I practice four or five hours a day, partly to hone my technique as a player, and partly to deepen my sonic imagination and musicianship as a composer.

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