Harp in Contemporary Music as Part of a Continuum
Hannah Lash‘s philosophy in approaching new music is that it is part of a musical continuum rather than a whole different species of music from our standard repertoire. In practicing and rehearsing new music, one can adjust one’s strategy to be sensitive to the particular challenges presented, but always from the basis of producing a beautiful sound, maintaining a relaxed and sustainable technique, and above all being a whole and sensitive musician.
When she teaches how to practice, rehearse, and perform new music, she does so in the context of an approach to standard repertoire. Students are asked to bring a piece of new music and a piece of standard repertoire, both of which will be worked on in juxtaposition.