New music for your new year
—by Jan Jennings
It is often interesting to learn what motivates composers or arrangers to create their work. Such was the case with a new publication for pedal harp from Arrow Heart Press by harpist and author Diane Michaels. Three Romantic Solos are works in the public domain by African American composers. Michaels was listening to a classical radio station broadcast dedicated to music composed or performed by black artists in recognition of Juneteenth, a date celebrating the end of slavery. It made her aware that her repertoire lacked inclusivity, so she sought to add pieces to the harp repertoire that would celebrate diversity. She ended up selecting the three pieces in this collection written by some outstanding musicians.