John Cage, Postcard from Heaven, version for solo harp and pre-recorded sounds




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Published on Nov 17, 2011


In the shadow of David and Pietà by Michelangelo. Florence, Accademy Gallery, November, 2011. Lucia Bova performs Postcard from Heaven by John Cage, version for solo harp and pre-recorded sounds realized by Lucia Bova. In Postcard from Heaven
(1982), a random composition for solo harp or varied harp ensemble (up to twenty), Cage's attention to the sound (shown in "Dream" and "In a Landscape" is further emphasized by the use of electronic devices, e-bow, delay and reverbs, and the superimposing of my live sound with a
pre-recorded base where I play the parts of other harps, creating a kaleidoscopic multiplication of my sound image.
Lucia Bova is Professor of Harp at the "Niccolò Piccinni" Conservatory of Music in Bari. After completing her musical
studies in Italy, she received a French degree in harp, under the guidance of Elisabeth Fontan-Binoche, and was awarded
the Premier Prix à l'Unanimité. She is dedicated to the interpretation and research of repertoire for solo harp and harp with
ensemble with a special interest in modern and contemporary repertoire. Composers such as Mencherini, Dashow, Razzi,
Chasalow, Saylor, Ambrosini, Morricone, Giri, Sollima, Fabio Cifariello Ciardi, Bellino and Podio have all composed for her.
She works with various ensembles such as Alter Ego, Ars Ludi, PMCE and Dissonanzen. She has given concerts in
prestigious concert halls in Italy and the United States, Canada, Brazil, Poland, Spain and Germany. She has made
recordings as a soloist and in ensembles for BMG Ricordi, Universal, RAI Trade, Neuma, Capstone, Mode Records,
Bongiovanni and Label Bleu. Edizioni Suvini Zerboni recently published her book L'arpa moderna. La scrittura e la
notazione, lo strumento e il repertorio dal '500 alla contemporaneità (The modern harp. Writing and notation, the
instrument and the repertoire from the 16th century to today) which will soon be translated and distributed in the
international English language e-book format.


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