Welcome to Shirley Blankenship's online portfolio.
List of Completed Compositions in The Harp Legacy Project
In addition to the listing of the compositions that have been edited and revised, you will also find here links to the composers' websites, recordings of their music, and/or performances.
Before and After Pages
Here you can compare the original version, of a selected passage from a score, with the edited version accompanied by commentary explaining why changes were suggested and then incorporated. The mission of this project is to assist in the creation of notation that maintains the composers' intentions but which is also viable and facilitating for harpists.
Read about the experiences of composers with The Harp Legacy Project services.
Compositional issues in the CONTEMPORARY HARP MUSIC of: Rands, Brun, Blankenship, Martin, Haken, Berg, Baxter, Rouse, Jolivet
I touch upon issues that I encountered in the process of preparing scores, by the above mentioned composers, for performances and recordings. I cover special harp notation, pedal issues, placements, enharmonic spellings and chromaticism. Additionally, there are samples from my avant garde harp solo: Metaphysical Waltz.
Typical Harp Composition Errors
This is a list of the most common errors made by composers who are not familiar with the intricacies of composing for this instrument.
Listen & Download an interview between Steve Shoemaker and Shirley Meyer Blankenship along with composer and collaborator Mark Enslin on Keepin' The Faith. - Sunday, May 26th, 2013.