16 June 2013

Maples done, again

In reviewing the old PDF of Radiant Maples, my eye caught a musical infelicity. The offensive measure contained repeating notes in the harp.

I composed the piece before I had the advantage of knowing Mary Jane Rupert, who pointed out to me that, most unlike piano or harpsichord (or guitar, for that matter), rapid repeated notes are not idiomatic on the harp (the strings are too long, and need time to recover a bit in order for the player to strike again).

It is long enough ago that we played the piece, that I honestly don't remember what Mary Jane's workaround was -- or even, if I recomposed that measure for her part on that occasion. At any rate, I made a few comparatively trivial changes else, here and there.

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