This is My Father’s World Husband George Matthew Jr. plays hymn improvisations!

Here is something different from harps and cats: George plays hymn improvisations on his Kimball parlor grand piano for his church congregation, St. Stephen’s Episcopal, Middlebury, Vermont, where he is organist on their historic 1875 tracker Johnson pipe organ. Due to the Covid-19 lockdown, church services cannot be held so I’ve been helping George make […]

Jasmine wonders where to start...

Gregorian Modes on the Irish Harp More discoveries about Medieval modes and our modern keys

I was a bit curious what other modern keys are appropriate to stand in for the other modes. I came across a PDF of the 1949 textbook Gregorian Chant Accompaniment by Eugene Lapierre, Université de Montréal, published by the Gregorian Institute of America, on the Corpus Christi Watershed website. This text is rather dense, compact […]

Triplett Luna harp with sharping blade set on Bb string, making it B natural.

Gregorian Mode -> What Key? Transposing a vocal chant to fit your lever harp

So my Triplett Luna has been tuned to the key of F Major for some time now. It has sharping blades on all the strings (which probably need to be adjusted in the shop at some point; they’re a little stiff). Anyway, having all the B strings tuned to Bb is convenient, because this way […]

Cantate Domino

Cantate Domino Sing to the Lord a New Song (or play it on your harp?)

Here is the second track on the 1936 record Rythmique Grégorienne, uploaded to YouTube by Folklore Québécois and reissued by Sony-Universal on a four-CD set in 2011. The Introit Cantate Domino is sung by the Benedictine monks of the Abbey of Saint-Benoït-du-Lac, Quebec, Canada: Below you can see a page from the 1948 book Rythmique […]

Reawakening

Reawakening

After more than six months of inactivity both here on my blog and in my studio, I’m finally in a position to start arranging, recording and posting again. My emotionally and physically exhausting daily job of caregiver to both of my elderly parents after 18 months at home with us is over; dad died last […]