An Essay on the American Topography

by Stephen Webb

for harp and tape

Empty sheet

Stephen Webb

An Essay on the American Topography

Music Finland


The tape part is built from two early jazz pieces dating from 1920's Chicago; a piano suite by cornettist Bix Beiderbeck and Virgina Liston's Titanic Blues. The harp reminisces a bygone era while the tape intersperses Virginia Liston’s fateful lyrics about the Titanic. Together, they coalesce to create a sonic watery shroud.


hp, tape


Works for Solo Instrument


Bengi Canatan. April 17, 2018, Helsinki,

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Written for Bengi Canatan

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