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April 20, 2017

Some of the finalists, harpists and judges after the Hidden Gem Concert-Competition

The Spring 1917 Oberlin Alumni Magazine posted this about my recent activities in the Class Notes:

"Alexandra Coursen studied piano as an Oberlin College student, then went on to a succes...

February 1, 2017

Measures 54-57 kick in after the Interlude and the transition (ms. 52 & 53). I think of measures 54-73 as developmental; taking the Henry and Jani themes and varying them, but with a building tension. To help remember how this development starts I:

1) recall that it sta...

January 26, 2017

A deviation: I have been working on memorizing Neshama, and the Left Hand accompaniment to the interlude has been haunting me. I think it is asking to become its own melody; At this point I don't have much objectivity about whether this line could serve well as a melod...

January 24, 2017

Today  the 2 measures before yesterday's ms. 60 and 61.

1) M. 58 ,the R.H. has a figure starting on A, then D, then G down to D: then repeat. Place the 4 fingers on G down to the D.

2)  Second half of M. 59, R. H.: play the broken triad down with fingers 1, 2, 3, and the...

January 23, 2017

I need to memorize Neshama, as I will be playing it in June at Hamilton College. I already have a bit of muscle memory, but want to take the memorization to a deeper level. There are lots of places to forget. I am going to work on 2 measures a day, memorizing the left...

January 20, 2017

Hamilton College posted about my participation in the Future Blend Project.

Sophie Gaulkin '17    

JANUARY 13, 2017

"Alexandra Coursen K’77 is a finalist in the international harp composition contest known as The Future Blend Project.Coursen is the only woman out of...

December 15, 2016

In May 2014 I was invited to a baby shower for a fellow harpist, Lacey Lee. Just for the heck of it I thought I would try to compose a piece for her baby, Michael Thomas Jones. To compose this piece,  I used a method   that I had read about on line. Mark Harmer, a...

December 5, 2016

Two and a half years ago, recently retired lawyer, Alexandra Coursen, began composing music for the harp.  She started composing “Namepieces,” a highly specialized form of composition that uses the letters of people’s names to create music.

Coursen created Nampieces f...

December 4, 2016

Olivia Jageurs is the harpist that will

play Neshama at the Future Blend Project.

The Future Blend Project - if you don't read my blog regularly - is an international composition contest, and I'm one of 13 finalists - and the only woman finalist. The contest will take p...

December 3, 2016

When I saw my name on the list of finalists, I was outrageously, wildly thrilled and excited. I felt this perpetual smile inside, and pleasure for weeks. My piece was chosen as a finalist in The Future Blend Project, a harp composition contest. How many ways did this o...

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