Harper or Harpist?

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    unknown-user on #163710

    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.

    Briggsie B. Peawiggle on #163711

    Hi Meghan,

    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

    unknown-user on #163712

    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.

    unknown-user on #163713

    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.

    Audrey Nickel on #163714

    It doesn’t really have anything to do with training.

    unknown-user on #163715

    I was told that it depended on the harp you played, not the music.

    Audrey Nickel on #163716

    It pretty much comes down to the same thing.

    kay-lister on #163717

    Hey There Audrey,

    Guess I am (and pretty much always have been) the exception to the rule.

    Audrey Nickel on #163718

    Sounds to me like you’re still a harpist, since it seems that pedal/classical is your ultimate goal.

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