Wednesday, September 14, 2016

What if harps were standard equipment?

Harps are used in some orchestral compositions, but by no means all of them. In common with the woodwinds, harps would not make a huge audible difference when the entire orchestra is playing loudly, but in the quieter sections, having a harp involved makes a profound difference in the sound. What if harps became as standard in orchestral instrumentation as clarinets? If a composer would do that, it likely would give his music a very unique identity.

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