Thesis / Dissertation

Carlos Salzedo’s New Harpism: Principles of Idiomatic Harp Composition, Performance and Design

Melina Claire van Leeuwen, Melanie Plesch (ed.)

Published : 2020


Carlos Salzedo (1885-1961) fundamentally altered the teaching and playing of the harp in the twentieth century. A virtuoso performer, composer, conductor and teacher, he spent most of his life in the United States, having emigrated from France in 1909. However, his contribution to the harp was not limited to his performance activities, pedagogical work and compositions. This study combines traditional musicological research (entailing critical analysis, close reading and archival research) and performance-led research to reveal that behind his work there is an overarching ideological grounding. The thesis is organised into five chapters, with the addition of an introduction and conclusion. ..

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