A Breton Finn, another one Swedish. A Czech Breton, another one Swedish. A Swedish American, a Japanese American, an English Icelander, a Karelian Finn, a Belgian Swede, etc. Is the Nordic Harp Meeting the rendez-vous of travellers? One can find there those who are looking for something, and having found it one day want to share their discovery. Many things here seem to come from the past – the origins of instruments such as harp, lyre, hummel, langspil, and all the instruments which all of a sudden gave an authentic aspect in a present too rushed – but, in Järna, we are in the present.
Last week-end, during the Nordic Harp Meeting in Järna, Andy Lowings gave a lecture on the Golden Lyre of Ur. This article tells this amazing story of the reconstruction of an instrument a few thousands years old. It was published last October in the online magazine Harpes Mag. We would like to thank Didier Saimpaul for letting us publish it here and Andy for generously sharing this adventure.
Just over a month after the Kristianstad Öresund HarpHelg (read the post about it), Sweden is again the stage of another harp event. This year, the Nordic Harp Meeting will be held from the 31st October to the 3rd of November in Järna. Erik Ask-Upmark, international harp player and organiser of the coming edition, and Josef Berger, harp player and founder of the Meeting, tell us about what is one of the most original events dedicated to the harp:
This is the second part of my Master of music dissertation. In this article, I will present the main issues related to the topic of the contemporary repertoire for the Irish harp.
Before getting into the main substance, it is necessary to define some terms. First of all, what is “contemporary music”? Contemporary music is the music composed in the present time, or more broadly in the 20th century, all aesthetics taken together. This matter will lead us to raise musical parameters such as: the melody, the rhythm, the harmony, the tone, the form or the spatialisation.