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Ahmad Shiddiqi

Rookie (March 7,1974 / Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia)

Magic Harp

koto in Japan
çeng in Turkey
ardin in Mauritania
kora in West African

saung-gauk in Burma
nevel in King David era
konghou, guqin in China
kanun in the ancient Egypt

Sassanid mosaic
excavated at Bishapur
depicting player and a harp
artifact is kept at The Louvre

in European culture
The harper scene carved
on the Monifeith Pictish stone
in Scotland, around 700 - 900 AD





Carlos Salzedo
expressive gestures
elbows parallel to the ground

Marcel Grandjany
elbows are held at an angle
wrists may occasionally rest

Tchaikovsky for his three masterpiece ballets
Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty
Alexander Glazunov for the lovely ballet Raymonda
the variation titled Une fantaisie or Prélude et variations

Cesare Pugni, Éoline, ou La Dryade and Ondine, ou la Naïad
Musetta's Waltz from La bohème, Nicolas-Charles Bochsa
Riccardo Drigo, Le Talisman, Les Millions d'Arlequin
Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Henriette Renié

oh dear, pluck smoothly my heart
fill me with your peaceful voice
oh dear, strike gently my sense
fill me with your calm tune

oh dear, touch lightly my soul
fill me with your angelic voice
oh dear, whisper quietly to my love
fill me with your soft tune

(inspired by W.A. Mozart’s Concerto for Harp, Flute and Orchestra)

Submitted: Thursday, August 28, 2008
Edited: Monday, December 13, 2010

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  • Rookie - 29 Points Robert Howard (10/11/2008 10:11:00 AM)

    Fine job, I especially like the stanzas that begin 'Oh dear...' the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto is one of my all time favorites. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Carol Rhodes (8/30/2008 4:12:00 PM)

    Oh, Ahmad, thank you deeply for painting this picture, for sharing your love and extensive knowledge of music and taking us on a beautiful tour. You are such an erudite fellow, indeed. My best, CArol (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 12 Points Fay Slimm (8/30/2008 8:19:00 AM)

    Such a beautiful instrument to write about, and presented so well. Ten for this. (Report) Reply

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