Claire Pershan was born on June 10, 1992, and composed most of the work in these 2 volumes at ages 12 and 13. She has won two composition prizes in her home state of Connecticut. Claire currently studies harp under Grace Cloutier. She began harp studies with Rebecca Flannery at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, Connecticut. Claire’s first volume of compositions, a suite of Arthurian songs for harp called “King Arthur’s Court”, was published in 2005 and Therese Honey edited the book in 2009. Therese says: “This book is delightful, not just because it was written by a talented and young composer, but because it fills a musical need for harp students of all ages. The compositions in “Travels End” are creative with some unusual harmonies. Their main characteristic is the use of three-note chords and arpeggios. This is very important in the development of technique, and for those not yet ready to play full 4-note chords. Congratulations, Claire, for a job well done.” Therese Honey, August 2009
In 2010, Claire’s book “Travel’s End” became a standard pedagogy book for college curriculum.