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In the Georgia mountains to judge a harp competition, day 2

Posted at 4:36 PM on July 12, 2012 by Alison Young

(Beautiful Raburn Gap, Georgia)
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We heard eight young harpists today and the level was amazingly high. My favorite piece was Spiders by British composer Paul Patterson. Exciting and thrillingly played by the first place winner in today's division.

(The Judge's Table)

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What was curious to me was how a musician needs to weigh out attaining flawless technique, not having a single memory slip and remaining poised and focused all while taking the risks needed to be an artist. This is not just about playing perfectly - and as a judge the performance that grabs me is one that is clean but is committed with the musician saying somethinf to me through their music.

It was a grueling day and we have more tomorrow. I am becoming a better listener and have a bunch of harp CD's to share with you on-air when I return!