Following the trailblazers
—by Heather Cornelius
In the last couple months, I’ve had fun discovering the history and heritage that all harpists share. As I read the books for the second article in our four-part series exploring good harp reads, I was intrigued by the breadth of cultures that the harp represents, and the creativity of harp makers from all traditions. Famous harpists like Henriette Renié, Marcel Grandjany, and Carlos Salzedo became more real to me as I saw how the combined weight of their achievements created the opportunities that I and other harpists have today. I also found unexpected inspiration through the courage of one woman whose career paved the way for many others.