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April 23, 2017

The past few months brought me to a variety of centuries and countries, and after some initial misunderstandings with my laptop and her video editing program (I still don't know why it didn't work before and why it does now...) I finally managed to edit and publish two videos of my time travels.

In January and February I played solo recitals on my 17th C. Italian triple harp (made in 2016 by Claus Henry Hüttel). This recording is from a concert in Utrecht on the 26th. of February (sorry, the lighting situation was not propitious for a video recording).

Girolamo Alessandro Frescobaldi (1583-1643): Partite sopra Passacagli, from his Primo Libro (5th edition, Roma 1637).

In March I moved to the end of the 18th Century, in fact: to Paris in the year of the Révolution, when Jan Křtitel Krumpholtz (1742–1790) published his opus 17 harp Sonatas.  Krumpholtz' later works (and this is one of them!) are full of mood swings and ask for many contrasts in dynamics and tempo. Probably this reflects his personality, the unbalanced personality of somebody who would end his life throwing himself into the Seine after his wife had left him...

Here is his sonata op. 17 no. 1. 'Comme Scène de demi-Caractère' (first three movements only), played on an 1820s Érard harp, as part of the teachers' concert of 'my' music school. This harp is too 'modern' by some 30 years for a historical reconstruction of how it would sound in Krumpholtz' time, but is is as close as I get: 

The buzzes on the low G are due to a missing bolt in the mechanics...

 

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