My new CD, Soirée à Montpellier releases December 1st and I am in the midst of preparing the tracks. (To learn more about this recording, read my CD page.) Part of the ‘structure’ of this recording is that each song will represent something I experienced while living in France.
There was a cathedral in Montpellier called St. Pierre. I used to go there on hot summer afternoons and pray in the coolness of the sanctuary. A little elderly French lady would always greet me as I entered, along with the lingering sweetness of incense and the serene harmonies of ancient choral music.
I’ve spent hours this afternoon playing around with a way to recreate that mood on my harp. Not being a choir, this has proved difficult. But I am embracing the challenge.
I recorded two of my attempts on my laptop and I would love to hear which of these two pieces you like best! This is not by any means a finished product – just me playing around on the harp. Please vote for your favorite! Innocents, or Vater unser im Himmelreich? (And why?)
Stephanie Claussen is a professional harpist from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She performs on her harp throughout Minnesota in various concerts, recitals, and collaborations with other musicians. Consider signing up for her e-mail newsletter to be notified directly of upcoming performances and important announcements.