American Harp Journal

Covers biographies of major figures of the past and present, bibliographies, historical studies, listings of publications and recordings, articles of educational content for students and teachers, and articles concerning construction and maintenance of the harp.

Articles from Summer

Bochsa's Compositions for His Annual Benefit Concerts of the 1830s
THE many studies and etudes for solo harp by N.C. Bochsa (1789-1856) are often embraced as the familiar core of his compositional work. (1) Notwithstanding the excellent, but very selective works list by Bruce Carr in the biographical entry on Bochsa...
John Egan: An Innovator and Inventor: From: Ireland's Harp: The Shaping of Irish Identity C. 1770-1880
The following is an excerpt from: Ireland's Harp: The Shaping of Irish Identity c.1770-1880, University College Dublin Press, 2014. Used by permission. The Harp is the National Instrument of the three united Kingdoms, the Harp from being lately...
Reinhardt Elster, the Met's Oldest Retiree, Returns for a Visit
The following article first appeared on the website of the Metropolitan Opera Musicians. Used by permission. POISED with her instrument, Mariko Anraku is ready to perform in the Metropolitan Opera House-but not on stage. She's actually a flight...
Symphony Spotlight: Douglas Rioth and Nadia Ressoa
IN this edition of the Symphony Spotlight Series we get to know one of the great symphonic harpists of our time, Douglas Rioth, and also branch out to learn about the life and career of a United States Army Band harpist, Nadia Pessoa. From opposite...
Tan Dun Works with Elizabeth Hainen to Create a New Work
Editor's note: Nu Shu: Secret Songs of Women for Harp, Orchestra and 13 Microfilms by Tan Dun was initially commissioned by The Philadelphia Orchestra and then joined by Japan's NHK Symphony and the Netherlands Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as co-commissioners....
The University of North Texas Receives Historic Harps
Editor's note: This article marks the second installment of our new column highlighting the activities of our colleges and universities. It first appeared in the November 2014 issue of the Bulletin of The Historical Harp Society, Vol. XXIV, No. 3....
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