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.