“You said I was a warrior. You told me that was my nature, and I shouldn’t argue with it. Father, you were wrong. I fought because I had to. I can’t choose my nature, but I can choose what I do. And I will choose, because now I’m free.”
Will was the son of John Parry, an explorer, and of Elaine Parry, a woman who suffered from apparent mental problems including obsessive-compulsive disorder and paranoia. Will failed to remember his father, a former Royal Marine, who had not been heard of since he vanished on an expedition to the Arctic, and who we later learn had wandered into another world and was unable to find his way back.
10 Reasons why The Golden Compass trilogy is the best ever
1: Gay angels
2: Round female characters
3: PLOT TWISTS
5: Travel between worlds
6: BEST CHARACTER CHEMISTRY EVER
7: Beautiful writing
8: Characters named Will (which every book needs)
9: Alien worlds where peoples souls live outside them
10: Anti-church everything
One day a fool wandered into the castle and found the king alone. And being a fool, he was simple minded, he didn’t see a king. He only saw a man alone and in pain. And he asked the king, “What ails you friend?” The king replied, “I’m thirsty. I need some water to cool my throat”. So the fool took a cup from beside his bed, filled it with water and handed it to the king. As the king began to drink, he realized his wound was healed. He looked in his hands and there was the holy grail, that which he sought all of his life. And he turned to the fool and said with amazement, “How can you find that which my brightest and bravest could not?”
And the fool replied, “I don’t know. I only knew that you were thirsty.”
The harp became popular in the 18th century as a more intimate instrument suited for salons and intellectual gatherings. The harp was introduced to opera orchestras in Gluck’s “Orpheus and Eurydice” (1762), where it mimicked the ancient lyre. After this the harp was much featured by composers like Mehul, Spontini, Lesueur and Grétny. By some it was considered a celtic heritage, the Irish harp, by others it was considered a direct link to ancient Greek lyres. The latter was of particular interest in the 18th century, when the re-discovery of Pompeii spurred an interest for everything from antiquity.
Harps from the 17th century often featured just 25 strings in a diatonic scale. The 18th century came with many inventions in this aspect. Harps were now usually made with 35-38 strings, and they had a chromatic scale, thus creating bigger liberty in sound and style for the performer. The pedal harp were also introduced around 1720. The pedals allowed the performer to have both hands free and instead use the feet to change the pitch of the strings.
The harp was considered the ultimate showpiece instrument, displaying the grace, talent and intellect of the performer. No wonder then that there are so many wonderful harp portraits from the 18th century! Here’s some favourites.
A Little Night Music (New York City Opera 1990 with George Lee Andrews, Sally Ann Howes, Maureen Moore, Michael Maguire, Regina Resnick, Kevin Anderson, Beverly Lambert, Susan Terry and Danielle Fredland)
Pacific Overtures (Original Broadway Cast Pro-Shot with Mako (in the lead role as the Reciter), Soon-Teck Oh, Yuki Shimoda, Sab Shimono, Isao Sato, Alvin Ing, Ernest Harada, James Dybas, Mark Hsu Syers, Patrick Kinser-Lau, Ernest Abuba, Larry Hama, Jae Woo Lee, Freddy Mao, Tom Matsusaka, Conrad Yama, Timm Fujii, Haruki Fujimoto, Freda Foh Shen and Gedde Watanabe)
Passion (Original Broadway Cast Pro-Shot with Marin Mazzie, Jere Shea, Gregg Edelman, Tom Aldredge, Francis Ruivivar, Marcus Olson, William Parry, T. J. Meyer, John Antony, Donna Murphy, Andy Umberger, Linda Balgord, Christopher Peccaro and Colleen Fitzpatrick)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - In Concert (2001 Pro-Shot with George Hearn, Patti LuPone, Neil Patrick Harris, Timothy Nolen, Davis Gaines, Lisa Vroman, Victoria Clark , John Aler and Stanford Olsen)
Sunday In The Park With George (Original Broadway Cast Pro-Shot with Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Barbara Bryne, Judith Moore, Brent Spiner, Charles Kimbrough, Dana Ivey, Robert Westenberg, William Parry, Cris Groenendaal, Nancy Opel, Mary D'Arcy, Danielle Ferland, Melanie Vaughan, John Jellison, Kurt Knudson, Sue Anne Gershenson and Michele Rigan)
Sondheim! The Birthday Concert (2010 with Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Elaine Stritch, Marin Mazzie, Donna Murphy, Mandy Patinkin, George Hearn, Michael Cerveris, David Hyde Pierce, Joanna Gleason and Victoria Clark)
Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall (1992 with Kevin Anderson, George Lee Andrews, Ron Baker, BETTY, Harolyn Blackwell, Peter Blanchet, Boys Choir of Harlem, Betty Buckley, Patrick Cassidy, Glenn Close, Daisy Egan, Victor Garber, Jerry Hadley, Bill Irwin, Mark Jacoby, Michael Jeter, Madeline Kahn, Beverly Lambert, Jeanne Lehman, Dorothy Loudon, Patti LuPone, Carol Meyer, Liza Minnelli, Maureen Moore, Richard Munez, James Naughton, Caroline Page, Eugene Perry, Herbert Perry, Bernadette Peters, Billy Stritch, Susan Terry, Bronwyn Thomas, The Tonics, Blythe Walker and Karen Ziemba)