Harp Music Timeline

 (historic harpers, harpists, and harpmakers responsible for harp music performed today)

 

 

Born

Died

Harpist

Country

Biographical Notes

1670

1738

Turlough O’Carolan

Ireland

Gaelic: Toirdhealbhach Ó Cearbhalláin

Died March 25, 1738

1673

1763

Jacob Hochbrucker (harpmaker)

Bavaria

Produced first single-action pedal harp sometime between 1690 and 1720

1710

1782

John Parry

Wales

Born blind c. 1710

Died October 7, 1782

Master of High Baroque on the triple strung welsh harp

Admired by Haydn

1731

1835

François-Joseph Naderman

France

 

1733

1799

George Cousineau

France

Improved single-action pedal harp

1735

1799

Jean-Henri Naderman

(harpmaker)

France

Famous single-action pedal harpmaker

Harpmaker to the French Court

1745

1790

Johann Batpist Krumpholtz

Czechoslovakia

Born in Zlonice (near Prague)

1752

1824

Edward Jones

Wales

Composer, teacher, performer

Published Musical and Poetical Relics of the Welsh Bards

1752

1831

Sebastien Erard (harpmaker)

France

Born in Strasbourg, France, April 15, 1752 (as Erhard)

English patent for improved single-action pedal harp granted in 1794

English patent for double-action pedal harp granted in 1810

First double action pedal harp produced in 1811

Died in August 1831

http://www.pianorestaurateur.nl/erard_biografie.htm

1773

1843

Edward Bunting (musician)

England

Responsible for preservation of music of the last Irish harpers

1780

1840

François Dizi

Belgium

48 Etudes earned him title of “Beethoven of the Harp”

Obtained patents for a double-action pedal harp

1787

1834

Dorette Scheidler Spohr

 

Germany

Married to violinist and composer Louis Spohr.

Single action pedal harp virtuoso.

1789

1856

Robert Nicholas Charles Bochsa

France

Born in Montmédy, France.

Escaped to England (by March 1817 he was a fugitive from French justice, having forged signatures and legal documents to such an extent that he was tried in absentia the following year, fined 4,000 francs, condemned to twelve years of hard labor, and was to be branded with the letters T.F. (Travaux Forcés).

Died in Sydney, Australia, January 6, 1856, while on a world performance tour.

1805

1870

Théodore Labarre

France

Pupil of Bochsa, Naderman, and Cousineau

Responsible for intensive study of the Erard double-action pedal harp

1805

1871

John Balsir Chatterton

England

Pupil of Bochsa and Labarre (double-action pedal harp)

Suceeded Bochsa at Royal Academy

Harpist to Queen Victoria

1808

1849

Elias Parish-Alvars

England

Died January 25, 1849

Pupil of Dizi, Bochsa, and perhaps Labarre

Double-action pedal harp virtuoso

http://www.harpa.com/parishbook.htm

1818

1897

Felix Godefroid

Belgium

Birthname Dieudonne Joseph Guillaume Felix Godefroid

1826

1913

John Thomas

Wales

Born in Bridgend, South Wales, on St. David’s Day, March 1, 1826

Pupil of Chatterton

Died in London, England, March 19, 1913

1834

1910

Albert Heinrich Zabel

Germany

 

1845

1912

Alphonse Hasselmans

Belgium

Born in Liege, Belgium March 5, 1845

Died in Paris, France, May 19, 1912

1850

1915

Franz Poenitz

Germany

 

1852

1925

Wilhelm Posse

Germany

Died June 20, 1925

1866

1948

Alfred Holý

Czechoslovakia

 

1870

1948

Alfred Kastner

Austria

Founding member of Los Angeles Philharmonic

1875

1956

Henriette Renie

France

Born in Paris, France, September 18, 1875

Died in Paris, March 1, 1956

1879

1951

Marcel Lucien Tournier

France

 

1885

1961

Carlos Salzedo

France

Birthname Charles Moise Léon Salzédo

Born in Arachon, France, April 6, 1885

Died in Waterville, Maine, USA, April 6, 1885

1890

1962

Jacques Ibert

France

Died in Paris, France, 1962

1891

1975

Marcel Grandjany

France

Born in Paris, France, September 3, 1891

Died in New York, New York, USA, February 24, 1975

1907

2004

Lucille Lawrence

USA

Born in New Orleans, LA, February 7, 1907

Died in Englewood, NJ, July 8, 2004

Married to Carlos Salzedo for 8 years

 

Last edited June 24, 2005 by Kathleen Clark / http://mindharp.tripod.com/harpistchronology.html