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!
Blues as a musical genre encompasses a vast wealth of variety. Certainly one of the most expressive styles of music, it has inspired and inspires many artists to this day. Pedal slides, a feature of the harp, are a perfect way to produce the signature “blue notes“ of Blues music, and they make the harp surprisingly well suited for the genre. This piece also features, among other things, the unique special effect created by strings plucked with the fingernails.