Wednesdays at 1, February 21, 1996
Sonata for Piano and Harp
pale roses on faded black shift
golden harp and tears
faded roses on pale grey noon
gilded, wooden concert harp
large, marginal, ebony piano
with bright red satin gown
(a disturbance in the rear of the hall)
a stirring of the strings--
like a muffled discussion
now muted by plain white paper strips
that whisperin another movement:
as piano runs awry
the muse fleesthrough which run white-robed wraiths
mid-winter fog in trees
grey-veined marble promenades
sustained in bass -- reflected arpeggios.
A final resonance of strings.
Let us never mourn again.
Silence of unplucked strings...
Romance - Adagio non tanto
Rondeau - Allegretto
The crown of the harp is gilded!
Was this one of the instruments I dreamed, when a child, of playing?
of the correct proportional length,by tips of fingers or
send wingéd love songs
to slender-bodiced ladies'
And pale lemonwood
Even smaller, though plump in black
Stronger than ever the fantasy lives!
Introduction and Allegro
Five oriental females, one oriental male, one western male.
She directs impressions plucked
Crocheted white cotton vest over
from strings toward upper-storeywith ballerina-like motions of
her arms, hands and fingers.The experience of music:
a fluid mastery of ear and
And are not all melodies equal?
Is it not a melody we all know? even if
in that, their revelation
is only equal to our apprehension?
That is, reduced to only
ourselves, and what
we are, and what
And yet we leave so soon--
hastening to an afternoon now
rendered ever incomplete....
At The Julliard School, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, NY, NY,
an afternoon of Music For Harp:
Carlos Salzedo, Sonata for Harp and Piano, Jessica Zhou, harp; Hsing-Ay Hsu, piano.
Franz A. Rosetti, Sonata in E-flat major, Goulnara Mashourova, harp.
Camille Saint-Saëns, Fantasy for Violin and Harp, Annie Chalex, violin; Kaori Otake, harp.
Gérard Devos, Improvisation et Allegro, Marion Lenart, harp.
Maurice Ravel, Introduction and Allegro, Soo Kyung Park, flute; John Schertle, clarinet; Shih-Hung Young, violin; Ji-Eun Lim, violin; Grace Huang, viola; Ann Kim, cello; Ya-Wen Lin, harp.