Dearest Harpists and Harp lovers!
I’m not really sure if the topic I would like to touch matches the coffee break – but I often read books in that very break, so I’m counting on my choosing well. (In case, please move it to another category).
The topic that I would like to talk about is the great world of the harp in chamber music. I am looking for the largest possible amount of informations, books, scientific works (undergraduate, graduate, doctoral) and articles on French chamber music in the first half of the 20th century. I am focused on a particular combination of instruments – flute, harp and string trio.
Going further – I am also looking for informations on the famous Quintette Instrumental de Paris and any materials recording their history or any cooperation with composers. (And also Marcel Grandjany and Pierre Jamet – as the harpist of the ensebmle).
I do realize that most of the materials can be in French. Unfortunately – I live in a country where access to any books describing any history about the harp is practically impossible. For a very long time I have been looking in catalogs and collections of various libraries, but it’s hard to find something without knowing specific titles or authors.
Currently, I am writing a master’s thesis that focuses on this topic. I would also like to develop this subject on further studies – because the harp in chamber music is very important to me and the enormity of the wonderful repertoire – unknown and underestimated – is waiting to be found and propagated on the stages.
Is anyone able to suggest something? Is anyone in possession of such books or knows one that would help me? Thank you in advance for any answer!