In this program, Hannah Lash presents some of the harp repertoire she feels most connected to along with her own music. There are significant points of relationship between Lash’s compositions for the harp and that of Hindemith and Faure. Both these standard pieces represent music that is tightly knit and that develops material in a way that Lash feels is close to her own process.
In the Hindemith, there is a real sense of motivic and thematic development which relates the piece deeply to the Sonata tradition, and yet Hindemith is setting up his own unique tonal and formal syntax. This sense of relationship to the repertoire of the past is also in Lash’s music, along with a similarly organic treatment of material in the way it develops.
In the Fauré, there is a combination of color, rhythmic play, and lyricism which Lash also feels deeply relates to her own music. Salzedo’s variations are all about virtuosity. They are exuberant, and often humerus, and most of all an extraordinary physical challenge to the performer. Virtuosity is something Lash enjoys thinking about in her writing, pushing the boundaries of what is physically possible on the instrument.
Works on “The Company I Keep” include:
Hannah Lash, Imaginary Prelude (2015)
Paul Hindemith, Sonata for Harp (1939)
Lash, Sonata for Harp (2015)
Carlos Salzedo, Variations for Harp in Ancient Style, op 30 (1911)
Lash, Stalk (2008)
Gabriel Fauré, Une chatelaine en sa tour (1918)