What musicians (other than harpists) have influenced your style of playing?
Most recently, Wanda Landowska had a profound effect on me (rhythmic expression, touch, style, verve), previously, Alicia de Larrocha (style, perfection, repertoire), Victoria de los Angeles (color, expression, beauty), Artur Rubinstein (power, heart, control, mastery, drama, perfection, presence), Yehudi Menuhin (spirituality).
I had wonderful instruction in both high school and college. My band director, who passed away recently, was fastidious and ultra demanding.
Many of my college teachers taught at both Julliard and my college, so I took several courses with Arthur Christmann and Jack Sacher, voice lessons with Benjamin Wilkes, who could make a crow sing bel canto, and Dorothy Morse.
I have not had a musical experience since, until beginning harp lessons, that could compare to the lessons of those wonderful people.
Eliza for great use of harp off an early EJ song, check out “Come Down in Time” from the album “Tumbleweed Connection”. Great use of small ensemble and first time I recall hearing a harp used in pop music (granted, harp has been used lots of times before that, its just the first time I had heard and noticed it and thought that it sounded cool).
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