Bennett's writing is highly sensitive, with delicate writing for the harp and harpsichord, as well as for the violist.
Papa had been teaching him to play the blues harp
Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin, Menuet Antique and Pavane pour une infante défunte are finely crafted readings as are Debussy's two Danses for harp and string orchestra.
Materials for the Rebec would be much the same as for the harp or lyre, although the Rebec has only three strings.
I casually plucked a few strings on the harp then strolled over to the harpsichord.
Percussion is used judiciously in these pieces, adding colour and texture at important points, whilst strings provide background and harp and wind carry most of the melodic weight.
It is appealing, fresh, and redolent of the open air, and the composer's use of the harp and an orchestral piano lend the symphony, particularly the first movement, a glittering quality.
Later, McChrystal asked Metcalf for an orchestration, first for strings, and then for strings and harp , which is the version McChrystal played here.
The prelude to Scene 2 meanwhile shows Poulenc's play with brass and woodwinds in give and take, while puckishly plucked strings and harp play with each other in the background.
I don't want to harp on about the past