University of Atlantia

Course Detail

On Writing and Arranging Music for Harps

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Instructor:
Harper An Cu


Instructor's Kingdom: Atlantia, Time Zone: EST
University Session:
UA96 June 10, 2017
Crs #:
604
Date:
Sat Jun 10
Time:
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Fee:
Length:
1 hr
Credits:
1
Attendees:
3/∞
Room:
104
Course Category:
Performing Arts
Track:
General
Description
The harp is a lovely instrument, ancient in origin and ethereal in sound, but it can be very challenging to write music for. Contrary to popular belief among many modern composers and musicians, modern-style piano sheet music is not always possible on a harp (for instance, we use eight digits, not all ten!), especially a period harp. This class will briefly cover the evolution of the harp and its significance, the anatomy and range of most period harps, the techniques used to play a period harp, and -- most importantly -- the restrictions that any composer must consider when writing for a harper! If you have a piece you are working on that you'd like me to briefly look at, go ahead and bring it!