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.
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.
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.
As a matter of fact, you can see the first page at harp.com:
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.
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