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!
The Jazz Waltz is America’s very unique, and truly original, answer to the traditional European ballroom dance. As opposed to the classical Waltz, the Jazz Waltz features a continuous “walking bassline” consisting of quarter notes. Along with the secondary accompanying chords, the walking bass brings a cool and casual character to the Jazz Waltz. With its cheerful melody and syncopations, the “Sweet Cherry Waltz” follows the Jazz Waltz patterns and includes rhythm highlighted by clapping.