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Virginia Kron | The Crystal Harp

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The Crystal Harp

by Virginia Kron

Pull on your adventuring boots, enter a fairy tale land where clever Emery leaves home to follow the song of the crystal harp, and enjoy the cello and harp music that fully accompanies this well reviewed children's/family story!
Genre: Spoken Word: Storytelling
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Album Notes
"The Crystal Harp" is a fairy tale, a story accompanied by music. While playing cello on two albums for Celtic harpist Kim Robertson, "Celtic Christmas II" and "Gratitude", I discovered the magic of cello and harp together. I also heard Kim's harp standing outdoors in the snow, when the breeze set all the strings in motion, causing the harp to “sing” with a beautiful other world sound. Those two experiences were the inspiration for my original children's fairy tale "The Crystal Harp". Even as a small child I wrote copious letters, when the spelling of “turtle” was no impediment. Who would not understand “trdl” from the pencil of a six year old? Then followed a lifetime of jounaling, a brush up of "The Elements of Style" and finally, I wrote the story that carried the magic of the cello/harp music. The story and music intertwine to make it a story with music and also music with a story. Embedded throughout are my husband Steve Newkirk's imaginative and essential contributions.

The talented, Santa Barbara based harpist Christine Holvick brought the harp part to life, arranging my tunes while adding her own ideas and improvised touches to the scenes.

To this day I take my greatest pride in the reviews for the original 1990's release:

From The Midwest Book Review (Children's Bookwatch): "This excellent original fairy tale... relates the story of a search for a stolen crystal harp.  Kron's tale is imaginative, goes through many twists and turns, and is strengthened by the appealing harp music which floats throughout."

From The American Library Association: "Ages 7-10  Emery, a resident of Asteria, is a storyteller and polisher of the crystal harp.  When the harp is stolen, Emery follows its magic through mystical lands and learns why gypsies see the future, why bears have short tails, why mirages appear only in daytime and how birds learned to sing.  By the end of his journey, Emery discovers not only the harp but the princess Moonstone.  This original humorous fantasy, written and performed by Virginia Kron, features cello and harp music that adds to the fairy tale atmosphere.  A map of Emery's journey is included.  The combination of clear well-paced narration and delightful music make this a popular choice."

I knew the story was special when the parents of children who fell in love with the hero and his journey told me their children listened to it for years at bedtime, in the car and whenever children listen to their favorite stories. I first produced and distributed "The Crystal Harp" in the '90's, and now I'm taking advantage of internet distribution through such extraordinary catalogs as CD-Baby. This service, coupled with Amazon, I-Tunes and the like make it possible for independent creators to reach a new audience.

An order for a replacement tape was the inspiration finally to digitally re-release my beloved creation. The owner of the worn out tape so loved the story in her childhood that her parents wanted to buy her a new one (even though she is now in college!). Her mother's order led me to Sean McCue of Coyote Road Studios. His alchemy rendered a spectacular remastering with some new, digital magic. Enjoy this debut story, because I'm getting excited about producing the two already copyrighted sequels "Moonstone and the Master of the Hourglass" and "The Parchment and the Quill"!



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