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Blackheath Chamber Music Festival | Louise Johnson: The Harp’s Journey

19 April 2024 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm AEST

$55 – $60
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An exquisite, unmissable concert.

LOUISE JOHNSON—one of Australia’s most prominent and international harpists—will take you on a discovery through the ages, journeying from an ancient Syrian Hymn and Medieval Music to the 21st Century.
From medieval to modern, from classical to jazz, from acoustic to electric, featuring an astonishing range of ten harps including a green Irish, blue electric and superb concert harp, Louise will let each instrument sing with its own distinctive voice of nuance and colour.


Louise Johnson | harp


Albert ZABEL| La Source (1897)

Ancient Harp:

ANON, Syria | Hurrian Hymn No 6 (oldest known melody—1400BC)

Medieval Harp: 400-1400

ANON | Monophonic Plainsong

TRAD | Brian Boru’s March (1014)

Bray Harp:

Trouvère melodies—12th century:
Blondel de NESLE | A l’entrant d’este
Richard the LION HEART | Ja nus hon pris

Renaissance Harp: 1400-1600

Claude GERVAIS | Gaillarde (c.1550)

Baroque Harp: 1600-1750

George Frideric HANDEL | Concerto in B-flat Opus 4 No.6 (1736)
i. Andante Allegro

Classical Harp: 1750-1810

J L DUSSEK | Sonatina No. V1 (c.1800)
i. Adagio
ii. Tempo di mineutto

Irish Harp:

Turlough O’CAROLAN | Si Beagh Si Mhor (1691)

TRAD | Morrison’s Jig

20th Century Harp:

Gabriel PIERNÉ | Impromptu Caprice (1901)

Louise JOHNSON | Improvisation (2024)

Paraguayan Harp:

Alfredo ORTIZ | Nocha de Fiesta

TRAD | El Pájaro Campana

Electric Harp:

STRAUSS / WASHINGTON & HARLINE | Thus Spake… /Wishing on a Star (1896 /1940)

Billie EILISH | Bad Guy (2019)



Phillips Hall
41 Gardiner Crescent
Blackheath, NSW 2785 Australia
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