Harp – Release

Duration: 9 minutes 30 seconds
Year: 2019

Audio Excerpt

Program Notes

In writing this Release, I was interested in exploring resonance with the harp by using harmonics in combination with normal pitches to create a different musical texture. Thematically, the piece speaks to our
desire to hold onto things in our life, whether it may be physical or emotional burdens. Letting go is perhaps the most difficult thing to do yet is the only way one can attain freedom from past traumas. The piece in
ways mirrors my own human attempt to let go, charting a narrative from the initial desire to an internal struggle to hold on and finally ending with acceptance after many thwarted approaches to resolution.

Release was the winner of the 2019 Lyra Costello Composition Competition, held at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia.


Performance History

  • Apr 07, 2019, Elizabeth White Clark
    Field Hall, Curtis Institute of Music
    Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • May 06 2019, Elizabeth White Clark
    Sinfonia Salt Lake Chamber Series
    Salt Lake City, UT, USA


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