Symphony in Three Movements by Stravinsky

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    Elizabeth Volpé Bligh on #186719

    We are playing Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements at the VSO this week. The harp part is full of chords or jumps that require two harps, but it is written as a single harp part. Do you suppose Stravinsky expected that the part would be split between two players? There are chords that are an octave plus a fifth, and other places that similarly defy the laws of physics.I am doing what everyone must do: edit the places that are impossible. Has anyone in a professional orchestra split the part with a second harpist?

    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #186729

    I studied this extensively with Miss Lawrence. We edited the part, only one harp.

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