Blue harp in orchestra?

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    Sid Humphreys on #151230

    I would like to know if anyone has played a blue harp in the orchestra. If you have, what reactions did you get? What do the rest of you harpists think of such a statement? What I have in mind is the Camac Big Blue.

    Sid Humphreys

    Dallas Tx

    tony-morosco on #151231

    I think it depends on the orchestra and the other members. A blue harp can be a bit of a distraction I think. Since the Big Blue actually comes in other colors my suggestion if that is the particular model of harp you want to use (and it is a great harp in my opinion) is to get it in a less bold finish.

    However I could imagine it being pulled off in some orchestras depending on the make up of the orchestra and the attitude of the music director, and the music they play. If you are going to be playing a lot of more modern music it might fit. But in general I can’t see a music director being happy to see a blue harp up on stage.

    Sid Humphreys on #151232

    Anymore of a distraction than a Louis XV gold harp? That’s quite ornate. Or what about the one violin that isn’t darker wood but light. The one gold flute. But I want to stick to the topic. This is about a blue harp. Not the Big Blue in a different finish. Blue… keep your answers coming

    tony-morosco on #151233

    Actually I think a Louis XV gold would also be distracting. I don’t think you can really compare it to a violin being a different shade or a gold flute. The simple fact that the instruments are smaller and the color difference more subtle doesn’t make it comparable. It is actually hard to see that a flute is gold or silver from most of the audience, and the difference isn’t so dramatic that even if you can tell it is going to be distracting.

    If you want a better comparison however I once saw an orchestra that had a left handed violinist who played left handed. When everyone in the section was bowing together her bow was going in the opposite direction and it was VERY distracting to be honest. That stood out. A variation in shade in a violin really doesn’t.


    tonya-a on #151234

    What do the rest of you harpists think of such a statement?

    I think you nailed it with your comment here, Sid – it IS a statement.

    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #151235

    If you have to ask….

    Sid Humphreys on #151236

    Yes Saul. I have to ask. I know what is accepted. But where are the other answers?

    kay-lister on #151237

    Hi Sid,

    You know, I don’t care if it is striped with pink dots on it.

    unknown-user on #151238

    Seems to me that Jack Nebergal’s blue and gold LH 3 was used in orchestras in San Francisco some years back – I think I heard the SF opera had it for a while and then Michael Rado had it – it is cobalt blue plus a ton of gold – not quite the same shade of electric blue as the Camacs –
    I have loaned my blue and gold Venus

    Sid Humphreys on #151239

    Kay, good answer, sound is what is most important.

    Thanks for your feedback as well John; I have seen the blue and gold 23 and thought it was very pretty (although it was only in pictures and not in person). I wonder if the wood grain shows as it does in the Camac? The one pictured on the Camac website looks opaque with no graining but in person it is very rich .

    Saul, I’m still waiting for your answer. You’re not getting off that easily!

    barbara-low on #151240

    After the initial Ohh and Aww, I think all the musicians will be too busy playing to remain excited about the color of the harp ;-)

    Sid Humphreys on #151241

    Barbara, this is for the audience. I used poor gramar, pardon me.

    sherry-lenox on #151242

    Do the Blue series harps sound/function exactly as an acoustic only harp? I know they can be used as acoustic harps but I somehow thought that they sounded like an acoustic/electronic.

    I’ve never heard one either way.


    tony-morosco on #151243

    The Camac Blue sounds just fine when played 100% acoustic. As far as the sound goes the Blue would not be out of place in an orchestra. That is why I pointed out that the Blue can be made with a more conventional finish. If someone really likes the sound of it and wants it for that, but the blue color would not be appropriate for where they would be playing then the same model can be made with a more standard finish.

    antoine-malette-chenier on #151244

    If it can confort you, I’ve played Mozart’s Concerto with a blue Salzedo L&H harp… and I had no comments on the harps color…

    Harpist are always a little… special… so it’s not a blue harp that will make any difference ;P

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