Every now and then, someone I don’t know at all emails me an out-of-the-blue harp question. Here is the latest: “I watched the harpists in the symphony last night. In between times they were playing, they would move back to a seat behind what I supposed to be their stool (I did not have a good view) even if it was for a short time and then move back each time they were about to play again. Why is this? Especially during short periods (a couple of minutes)?”
I actually don’t know the answer, as I’m not an orchestra harpist. Those of you who are, what say you? Thanks so much for your help!