Comments from Professor Belkin on Example No. 1B:
When most people think of orchestral strings, they don't think of the harp, but the harp is in fact a string instrument, and should be considered a relative of plucked (pizzicato) strings. The harp is a possible accompaniment for the oboe here.
However, there are several drawbacks:
- the harp is less resonant than the piano (when the piano is played with pedal).
- the harp is not at ease in very chromatic harmony: the numerous pedal changes become awkward, or even impossible, when there is too much chromaticism. (Of course a virtual harp, like the one in GPO, does not have this problem!)
- being a somewhat special orchestral color, it is best not overused.
The next lesson will be posted soon.
©Alan Belkin, 2006