In 2016 I made the below pledge to video record any notated music you had composed and post it online by 5pm the next day. However, it could only be 15 seconds long! The response was remarkable and that year I recorded over 200 submissions from all over the world.
Now, in 2020, the project still continues with approximately 500 miniatures filmed and posted online so far. Feel free to email me your music and any harp writing questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The aim of this project is to create a sharing platform for composers and harpists to try out ideas, techniques and pedalling, with near instant feedback.
I often get sent snippets of harp music to see if it's possible, so I thought I would open up the process online to inspire and inform people about how to write for the harp.
Lets encourage as many people as possible to have a go at writing for the harp!
Why 15 seconds?
I needed to create a time limit and when I launched this project, on February 1st 2016, 15 seconds was the maximum length of an Instagram video. We need more classical music on Instragram, so download the Instagram app and follow 15secondharp to join the conversation about harp writing.
And if you think 15 seconds sounds far too short, start a stopwatch and listen to 15 seconds of silence: a lot of notes can fit into that!