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    An elegant looking and sounding instrument. The harp.

    Do you like the harp's sounds?

    It's not very often discussed. So let's give the harp a discussion thread.
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    Mozart's Flute & Harp concerto, Handel's Harp concerto are two of my favorite great pieces of music specifically written for the harp.
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    I'd prefer not to harp on this thread, so I'll just say "yes", even if it is so rarely used. Perhaps the "Rock" artist (dubious label) Joanna Newsom is the most prominent example of consistently utilizing the instrument in works that are of considerable merit (particularly the albums Ys and Have One On Me).



    I also adore its use in Mahler's 9th, and the 2nd movement of Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, among others.
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    Jews Harp yeah sure
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    Quote Originally Posted by EddieRUKiddingVarese View Post
    Jews Harp yeah sure
    In our politically correct age, I believe it is known as a "jaw harp."

    In any event, to paraphrase Will Rogers, "I never met a harp I didn't hate." At least, a harp playing music of the French persuasion.
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    Boiedieu Harp Concerto Marisa Robles

    So yes, I like the harp.
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    Yes, but in moderation. Our local university has a group called Harp Fusion; interesting to hear a group of these instruments playing in an ensemble.

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    Die Moldau - Remy van Kesteren
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    Harp and Flute go together beautifully also I have a CD of Harp and French Bassoon another nice combination.

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    Though I'll admit there is some fine sounding harp music, and that the harp is often featured wonderfully in symphonic music (as in Mahler's Fifth Symphony), I have long been of the notion that if this is the instrument of Heaven I'm willing to take my chances in the other place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SONNET CLV View Post
    Though I'll admit there is some fine sounding harp music, and that the harp is often featured wonderfully in symphonic music (as in Mahler's Fifth Symphony), I have long been of the notion that if this is the instrument of Heaven I'm willing to take my chances in the other place.
    Plenty of electric guitars in that place

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    The late Derek Bell did much to popularise the music of Carolan.

    Last edited by Taggart; May-16-2017 at 10:05.
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    Yes I think it sounds very beautiful:


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    I love the harp. However, I prefer it when the harp has company - in an ensemble, (such as William Lawes' Harp Consorts) or someone singing a Celtic ditty to it. In heaven, a lot of angels seem to play viols,



    and there is reputed to be a 'celestial choir', too, so there's no musical reason for me to opt for 'The Other Place'.

    Give me 'The Place' any day!
    Hope to see y'all there one day.
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