Music: The Young at Harp

Trailers, station wagons and cars with bulging luggage compartments converged on Oberlin, Ohio last week. Most of the vehicles carried a young-looking woman and a large, wedge-shaped case. Each case contained an evening dress, coat, shoes and a makeup case besides its usual contents, a harp. All told, there were 50 girls and women, aged 14-40, and four men, who had come for three days of gossip, shoptalk, practice and, finally, a grand, massed harp concert.

They met, as U.S. harpists do every year or so, to play under the direction of the most famed harpist of all, Carlos Salzedo. Dark, wizened...

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