So, I’m trying to get back to this whole harp thing, you know, playing music. I periodically get an itch to go back to my former glory days when I was actually a pretty talented motherfucker. Well, I probably won’t ever be quite where I was, but I’d like to think that maybe I can get back at least a little of what I’ve lost. I actually managed to stuff Handel’s B flat Concerto in my head and in my fingers for all of a week or so this summer. Of course, it was quite far from performance-ready, and has since largely gone away again, but it gave me hope.
I’ll probably stow away the Handel for a while; for now, I’m setting my sights on another piece. This one I already learned in college, but I enjoyed it and I think re-learning something is almost as good as learning something completely new when you’re at the terrible level I’m at now. The piece is Benjamin Britten’s Suite for Harp, and here’s a (link to a, wordpress is sucking) video of Catrin Finch playing the first movement: Music!
It certainly won’t be anywhere near that level for a while, but I hope to keep plugging away at it and get pretty decent. The other movements are also pretty tricky though, so it’ll take a while. The patience to learn a piece is the main thing I’ve got to get back, the skills will come with time.
At least, that’s what I’m hoping.