I first discovered the harp through the Disney movie Fantasia.
The film begins with the orchestra in silhouette as they warm up, including the harps. The first musical scene of the movie is Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor arranged for orchestra. There are some very clear harp lines in this arrangement, and the hands of the harpist are clearly shown during those lines.
I was instantly hooked.
When I finally met my harp teacher, she played her own arrangement of Linus and Lucy from Charlie Brown. I was amazed and was very excited to eventually learn that piece.
Those are my two strongest memories of what first made me fall in love with the arts.
Joseph Rebman, harpist