A harp made by Sebastian Erard in 1819 has joined the collection of the MIMMA thanks to a donation from author and harpist Marion Leigh. After a long journey that began in London on 3rd November 1819, the antique harp arrived early this month at Málaga’s Museo Interactivo de la Música. The magnificent instrument made by Sebastian Erard in October 1819, is the latest addition to the museum thanks to a donation made by author and harpist Marion Leigh. Prior to this kind gift, the museum had three pianos also from the house of Erard in its collection.
There are many details that make this an important piece with an impressive provenance: on one side there is the inscription: “TO THE ROYAL FAMILY. His Most Christian Majesty the King of France and H.I.M. the Emperor of all the Russias”, which leads experts to think that the instrument was dedicated to royalty. This theory is further strengthened by the fact that Sebastián Erard’s relationship with the royal house before the French Revolution was well known, as well as by the intricacy of the detailed engraving of birds on the noble wood.
The harp was given to Marion Leigh as a birthday present in 1995, when she was living in Baltimore. It had been found in poor condition in a barn in Pennsylvania, U.S.A., and partially restored by a colleague of Marion’s husband. It still has a lovely sound, although only the top three octaves can be played because tightening the bass strings would put too much stress on the harp’s very old neck.
Information on Marion Leigh
Author Marion Leigh was born in Birmingham, England. After receiving her M.A. in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford, she worked for a year as a volunteer in Indonesia then moved to Canada where she enjoyed a successful career as a financial and legal translator.
Marion now spends the winter in Guadalmina, on the Costa del Sol. In summer, she and her husband can be found in North America, cruising aboard their 20-metre powerboat. To date, they have covered nearly forty thousand kilometres exploring the Great Lakes and the Eastern Seaboard of the United States and Canada.
Marion’s first novel, The Politician’s Daughter, was released in Spain in June 2011. It is an adventure thriller featuring Marine Unit Sergeant Petra Minx of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Petra is called in to investigate when Emily Mortlake, the daughter of a high-flying Toronto politician, goes missing after taking a summer job aboard megayacht Titania in the Mediterranean. Despite the misgivings of her mentor, Tom Gilmore, Petra poses as a student and joins the crew of the yacht. She is quickly drawn into the glamorous world of Titania’s owner, the ruthless and charismatic Don León. As she follows Emily’s trail from Monte Carlo to Mallorca and on to the Costa del Sol and Morocco, Petra struggles with conflicting emotions in her relentless quest to uncover the truth before it is too late.
Marion’s second novel in the Petra Minx series, The Man in a Black Shirt, is set in the Bahamas, Las Vegas and the northern Great Lakes of North America.
Marion loves the climate and culture of southern Spain and is delighted to be associated with the Museo interactivo de la música de Málaga.
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