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!
Ragtime is a style pioneered by Scott Joplin. And many new Ragtimes composed today still follow in the tradition of this outstanding American composer. This tradition is defined by catchy melodies, clearly structured harmonies, and, often, a surprising and humorous twist. One of Scott Joplin’s central tenets regarding ragtime tempo needs to be mentioned here: never play a ragtime fast!