Mildred Dilling on youtube

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    barbara-brundage on #151990

    It is commonly accepted in most schools of harp playing that the right wrist can touch the soundboard but the left arm should not, Maria. That’s pretty usual.

    carl-swanson on #151991

    Barbara- I checked the pitch(at Geraldine’s suggestion) to see if the whole thing had been speeded up. But the pitch was correct.

    lisa-green on #151992

    Love the drape off her shoulders. Looks like angel wings!

    tony-morosco on #151993

    That was very impressive. Wow, she really knew her way around the harp, that’s for sure.

    I actually noticed the

    barbara-brundage on #151994

    Thanks, Carl.

    barbara-brundage on #151995

    BTW, Carl, congrats on this clip being the HC youtube pick of the month.

    harp guy on #151996

    It still looks to me like it was sped up, but not by a lot. We must remember that over time, the standard pitch frequency has gone up. And, it is also very easy (and possible with primitive recording equipment) to speed up a recording without influencing the pitch that much.

    Just watch her left forearm. No one naturally moves like that. I think it has been editted with time purposes in mind.

    GREAT video though. I love how at ease she looks. Truly inspirational.

    Christian Frederick on #151997

    Thanks for sharing Carl. I’ve learned more in my musical life by watching and listening to great performers, more than any lesson(s) and more than any one teacher could ever teach me.

    Misty Harrison on #151998

    Where can I get the music for the last piece she plays?

    Maria Myers on #151999


    Is there an advantage to resting one arm on the board but not the other?

    barbara-brundage on #152000

    From any store that sells pedal harp music. Follets by Hasselmans is a very standard work. Don’t ask for “Fireflies”, though. That’s her invention, probably because they thought “Will-o’-the-wisp” (the actual translation of the title) wouldn’t be understood.

    barbara-brundage on #152001

    As a matter of fact, you can see the first page at

    carl-swanson on #152002

    Barbara- I’m glad you pointed out the HC pick. I would have missed that.

    It would be interesting to try slowing it down slightly and see what it looks like. I may try that at some point. When my friend uploaded it to youtube, he initially tried to do it at a higher resolution. But that didn’t work. It still looks pretty good though and you can clearly see how her hands work.

    I chose to put the whole film up there intact and not edit it down to just the playing. When she gave her recitals(thousands of them!) she always talked to the audience between pieces, and I think it is interesting to see her presence and hear her voice here. It’s a good indication of what she must have been like on stage.

    Tacye on #152003

    The Thomas is missing the first (of the two) variations and all the repeats (the temptation to leave out Thomas’ repeats is very frequently irresistible).

    Maria Myers on #152004

    Actually, anyone who knows the answer to my question about Mildred’s technique is welcome to chime in…

    Is there an advantage to resting one arm on the board but not the

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