With my “dancing fingers” I had the intention to let the harp tell a story about “La Petite Danseuse” by sculptor Edgar Degas. “Dance Marie ! Dance !” as if your life depends on it! The dancer is in thought as if she is listening to the music—as if she can come to life any moment; full of confidence starting from the 4th position. To me it is important not to take the written rhythm too literally. I consider my breathing my metronome. I recommend that you play the composition as you tell a story: with here and there a little pause. The music will become fluent and natural. Have fun playing and studying “Dance Marie! Dance!” I would appreciate it very much to hear your own version on YouTube. My work will receive another set of wings and a new audience and that means the world to me as a composer. I will share your video as gratitude in return on my website and social media.
—with music & love, Anne Vanschothorst