Historical Harp Society Annual Conference and Meeting
July 31, 2014, Parsippany, NJ, at the Hilton Parsippany
hosted by the Somerset Folk Harp Conference
8:00 - registration opens
8:40 - Welcome (Anne Humphrey)
8:45 - 9:30 - A Schimmeyer-Wurlitzer Harp (Paul Knoke)
The third-oldest known harp bearing the illustrious Wurlitzer name shows many characteristics of having been built by the Schimmeyer harp company. This small and obscure maker used innovative and even futuristic design and construction techniques that may have influenced harp builders for generations afterward. This presentation will be of special interest to harp builders and technicians.
9:30-10:00 - Is There a Language of Rhythmic Motives in the Faenza Codex? (Christa Patton)
In extracting a language of ornamentation from two pieces by P. Molin and Guillaume de Machaut from this collection, one can see how to make an ornamented version of a ballade by Machaut.
10:00–10:45 - The Music of Turlough O’Carolan (Gráinne Hambly)
This presentation aims to place the work of Ireland’s best-known harper-composer, Turlough O’Carolan, in its historical context. The harp repertoire of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries will be discussed, as well as Carolan’s life. Some ideas for arranging his pieces will also be put forth.
10:45–11:15 - Pirates of the Middle Cs: Bunting and the Pirated Editions of his 1796 Collection (Cynthia Cathcart)
When Edward Bunting’s first collection of “The Ancient Irish Music” began its voyage from his publisher into the hands of the public, it was pirated almost immediately, and repeatedly. This robbed Bunting of a great part of the financial gain he had hoped to receive, as often happens when pirates attack. This presentation explores the lasting effect the errors of the pirated versions have had on our playing of this music today.
11:15-12:15 - Lunch
12:15-1:15 - HHS Annual Meeting
1:30–2:00 - Handel’s Harp: An Exploration of Continuo Concepts (Zoe Vandermeer)
Handel’s harp music and other historical sources will be analyzed and reviewed for practical ways in which today’s harpists can create an effective realization of eighteenth- century figured bass.
2:00–2:45 - A Journey on the Silk Road (Tomoko Sugawara and Richard Spendio)
Medieval music from Europe and Asia, performed on two medieval harps, kugo, quanun, and lyre
3:00–4:30 - Somerset Workshop: The Lyre and Ancient Greek Music (Sam Milligan)
4:45–6:00 - Reception with special performance
Equitan: A Reconstruction of the Performance of a Twelfth-Century Lai
Text: Equitan, Marie de France
(fl. c. 1150–1215) (set in English verse by Ron Cook)
Music: Bèlla dòmna cara, Anonymous (thirteenth-century Troubadour)
Ron Cook—spoken voice, early medieval harp
Janice Cook—spoken voice, psaltery
6:00-7:15 - Dinner break
7:30–evening - Somerset concert
Includes presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award to Sam Milligan - Reception follows
Advance registration for the concert and Sam’s workshop is strongly advised; they are expected to sell out
Late night - HHS fellowship
The Board of the Historical Harp Society meets on the evening of Wednesday, July 30.
For biographies of the presenters, click here.
Find the full slate of workshops and events offered at Somerset, including some workshops and concert appearances by HHS members, at Somerset Folk Harp Festival
Hotel information is available at Hilton Parsippany. NOTE: Discounted rooms at the Hilton Parsippany are $102/night. When calling, identify that you are with the Somerset Harp Festival: 973-267-7373.