Notes from the composer
“That’s Entertainment,” the motto of the 2020 National Conference of the American Harp Society in Orlando, Fla., inspired me to compose a concise suite for mixed harp ensemble (two lever harps and two pedal harps) whose movements each represent one typical originally-American musical style respectively. These styles, such as Blues or Swing, have greatly impacted the music of the 20th century in general, and they are still very popular around the globe. Each and all of these American contributions to the history of music can not be too highly appreciated!
More than any other style, Swing represents the USA in music. During its heyday, the “Swing Era” of the 40s and 50s, Swing music was the expression of a lifestyle. The Big Apple Swing makes use of a variety of effects, techniques, and percussive elements, and it takes my American Suite to its spectacular finale.