I don’t want to offend people here. which one is more appropriate? and if someone wouldn’t mind explaining the distinction I would greatly appreciate it.
Okay, I’ll don the asbestos suit and tell you what I think the difference is….
Before I begin, I would like to say that these are GENERALIZATIONS ONLY….and none of this applies to everyone.
A harper seems to me to be someone
Harper is a traditional name for one who plays a harp, meaning a folk harp or renaissance, medieval harp, anything preclassical. It goes way, way back.
Any classical harp player is a harpist, for certain. But, if they were playing a lever harp at a fair, you could call them a harper. Just don’t call me a harpo.
I also know some harpests, but I won’t name names.
We have seen some threads here about harpets already. Harpits would be opera, show or ballet players, always in the pits.
In Russia, are we arfers? Arfa, arfa.
It doesn’t really have anything to do with training.
I was told that it depended on the harp you played, not the music.
It pretty much comes down to the same thing.
Hey There Audrey,
Guess I am (and pretty much always have been) the exception to the rule.
Sounds to me like you’re still a harpist, since it seems that pedal/classical is your ultimate goal.