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Friday — September 25, 2020 — Issue No. 927

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This Week's Wireless News Headlines:

  • Press release from Critical Messaging Association (CMA), September 2020
  • Apple Accident Confirms New iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro Releases
  • Adobe announces biggest change to the PDF 'in a generation'
  • The Secret to Success
  • InsideTowers
    • Bobcat Wildfire Threatens Mount Wilson Towers
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Since my regular Mac Pro computer is in the Apple shop for service, this week's issue of BloostonLaw Telecom Update is being reproduced in its entirety (without editing) via a link to the PDF file.
    • Phil Leavitt
      • Sonic Transmitters Available
    • AL Dykstra
      • Needs help with a PF1500 issue.
    • Concert Fantasy on “Pajaro Campana”
      • Juan Riveros, Harp

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  • Wireless Messaging
  • Critical Messaging
  • Two-way Radio
  • Technology
  • Telemetry
  • Science
  • Paging
  • Wi-Fi
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Press release from Critical Messaging Association (CMA), September 2020

New Home for Critical Communication

  • The board of directors is releasing the new website of the Critical Messaging Association.
  • More important than ever in coronavirus times: The connection through unique content is being reinforced.
  • A hidden beginning of a wider culture of publications.

Unforeseen developments, unpredictable communication, changes in behaviour: The Arlington Report on the communication on 11 September 2001, the report on the hearings of the City of London after the events referred to as ‘the London bombings’ in 2007, the lessons from the 2016 terrorist attacks in Brussels. Communication while working from home and quarantining, remote alerting in the coronavirus era — all of these examples underscore the fact that mobile phones alone cannot be the only solution for communication in extreme situations.

The General Assembly of the worldwide Critical Messaging Association decided on 7 November 2019, before the coronavirus crisis, to promote and inform about alternative and hybrid transmission routes via special mobile communication networks. Anyone who is interested should know that cellular mobile phone networks and the development towards 5G also pose additional challenges. And if they exist ‘only’ in the network infrastructure to be shared due to high costs because of the high number of required sites. An independent alternative mobile infrastructure — even one with other or limited features — is extremely important. We have to stop dreaming.

The CMA set up working groups during the General Assembly. Working Group 3 dealt with basic documents and white papers on communication in critical situations. The first documents are now ready. Vincent Delpont, Angelo Saccoccia and Klaas Lok were key contributors within the group, from member companies in France, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

Two of the documents are titled:

  1. Keep it easy — it should work: Resisting the trend of making mobile solutions even more complicated and complex.
  2. Exploring the potential of the three radio technologies for alerting: Investigating three approaches to alerting relief workers.

With the publication of the start sections of these and other articles, the new website of the CMA organisation was launched in the course of daily operations. Initially focused on content delivery, more documents are gradually being added. The next release will also include a stronger visualisation, despite the fact that in the technical environment, the one thing that matters most: facts and learning from the history of critical events.

The new website can be accessed at

In addition to the Services area, where the above documents are highlighted among others, the Events area also deserves particular attention. It contains many of the presentations from recent CMA Summits that were held both online and on site.

About the Critical Messaging Association:
The Critical Messaging Association (CMA) is the industry association for companies dedicated to the wireless delivery of time-sensitive, critical messages in Europe, the Americas and Australia. Our members include network operators, manufacturers and other organisations whose common goal is to deliver reliable, — among others — point-to-multipoint simulcast technology and integrated messaging solutions and other support for critical and non-critical communications.

Members of the Board:
Dr. Dietmar Gollnick (Germany, e*Message W.I.S)
Linda Cox (UK, Pagers Direct)
Jim Nelson (USA, Prism Systems International)
Kirk Alland (USA, Unication)
Angelo Saccoccia (Switzerland, Swissphone )
David Villacastin (France, TPL Systemes)

Gabriele Deska
Tel: +49 30 4171-1511

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Press Contact:
Christof Kaplanek
Hoschke & Consorten Public Relations GmbH
Tel: +49 40 36 90 50-38

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Of course there are more “Hi-Fi” ways to listen to audio on your smartphone but who would want to plug an elegant smartphone into some cheap, plastic gadget? Or even use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, which are a pain in the neck to set up, even on a smartphone.

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The two large horns — the trombone and the gramophone — are difficult to pack and ship to they are for local pickup only. The remainder can be sent to you. I have the cowboy horn and the rest are in stock at the Colorado coffee shop.

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Apple Accident Confirms New iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro Releases

Gordon Kelly Senior Contributor
Consumer Tech
I write about technology's biggest companies

Apple has already revealed the iPhone 12 is running late, but now a high profile accident has confirmed surprising new release plans.

iPhone 12 Max, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 concept renders EVERYTHINGAPPLEPRO

In a new video leaked to MacRumors, Marc Allera, CEO of major UK carriers BT and EE, has been caught telling employees that the iPhone 12 launch is “just days away”. Moreover, Apple vice president Eddy Cue appears in the video praising EE for its plans to offer bundles of Apple services with the new iPhones at launch.

"We are just days away from Apple's next major launch, a 5G iPhone, which will be a huge boost for 5G," explains Allera "Teams in all parts of Consumer have been preparing all year to win this launch, and [we will] be Europe's number one partner for Apple."

This timeframe is a shock. Rumors have been growing that Apple would give the new iPhone range a low profile launch (possibly due to some underwhelming updates), but that was expected to be in October. Interestingly, iPhone 12 models are tipped to launch first with iPhone 12 Pro models coming later, but it seems highly unlikely they would be unveiled separately.

Screengrab from EE/BT iPhone 12 launch announcement, featuring Apple's Eddy Cue MACRUMORS

Either way, Cue’s involvement gives this leak a high level of authenticity, even if it raises more questions than it answers. I have asked Apple and BT/EE to comment and will update this article when I have a response.

As for the iPhone 12 range itself, there are similar levels of confusion about Apple’s choices. The range sports an edgy new design but keeps the large notch. It has the world’s first 5nm smartphone chipset, but it appears to deliver underwhelming performance. The new iPhones have power draining 5G modems but come with smaller battery capacities than last year. Prices have increased, but accessories have been removed. The list goes on.

If ever there was an iPhone launch which needs Apple’s famous “One more thing...”, this is it. Otherwise, the smart money will be to wait for Apple’s next new iPhone which is arriving early next year.





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The RFI High Performance Paging Transmitter is designed for use in campus, city, state and country-wide paging systems. Designed for use where reliable simulcast systems where RF signal overlap coverage is critical.

  • Commercial Paging systems.
  • Healthcare Paging systems.
  • Public Safety Emergency Services Paging systems.
  • Demand Response Energy Grid Management.

Built-in custom interface for Prism-IPX ipBSC Base Controller for remote control, management and alarm reporting.

  • Use as a stand-alone unit or in wide area network.
  • Mix with other transmitter brands in an existing paging network.
  • Adjustable from 20-250 watts.
  • 110/240 VAC or 48VDC.
  • Absolute Delay Correction.
  • Remote Diagnostics.
  • Configurable alarm thresholds.
  • Integrated Isolator.
  • Superb Reliability.
  • Improved amplifier efficiency.
  • Most reliable high-powered paging transmitter available.

Prism-IPX Systems LLC.

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“Is Paging Going Away?” by Jim Nelson

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  • Click here for German. (Berlin Revision: November 8, 2016)
  • Click here for French.

Here is an English PDF edit of this paper formatted with page breaks and suitable for printing.

Volunteers needed for translations into other languages.

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Lauttamus Communications & Security
R.H. (Ron) Mercer
Wireless Consultant
Barry Kanne
Paging Industry Veteran
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Consulting Engineer

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Easy Solutions

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Providing Expert Support and Service Contracts for all Glenayre Paging Systems.

The GL3000 is the most prolific paging system in the world and Easy Solutions gladly welcomes you to join us in providing reliable support to the paging industry for many more decades in the future.

Easy Solutions provides cost effective computer and wireless solutions at affordable prices. We can help in most any situation with your communications systems. We have many years of experience and a vast network of resources to support the industry, your system and an ever changing completive landscape.

  • We treat our customers like family. We don’t just fix problems . . . We recommend and implement better cost-effective solutions.
  • We are not just another vendor . . . We are a part of your team. All the advantages of high priced full-time employment without the cost.
  • We are not in the Technical Services business . . . We are in the Customer Satisfaction business.

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Please see our web site for exciting solutions designed specifically for the Wireless Industry. We also maintain a diagnostic lab and provide important repair and replacement parts services for Motorola and Glenayre equipment. Call or  e-mail  us for more information.

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I would like to recommend Easy Solutions for Support of all Glenayre Paging Equipment. This Texas company is owned and operated by Vaughan Bowden. I have known Vaughan for over 35 years. Without going into a long list of his experience and qualifications, let me just say that he was the V.P. of Engineering at PageNet which was—at that time—the largest paging company in the world. So Vaughan knows Paging.

GTES is no longer offering support contracts. GTES was the original group from Vancouver that was setup to offer support to customers that wanted to continue with the legacy Glenayre support. Many U.S. customers chose not to use this service because of the price and the original requirement to upgrade to version 8.0 software (which required expensive hardware upgrades, etc.). Most contracts ended as of February 2018.

If you are at all concerned about future support of Glenayre products, especially the “king of the hill” the GL3000 paging control terminal, I encourage you to talk to Vaughan about a service contract and please tell him about my recommendation.

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INTERNET Protocol Terminal

The IPT accepts INTERNET or serial messaging using various protocols and can easily convert them to different protocols, or send them out as paging messages.

An ideal platform for hospitals, on-site paging applications, or converting legacy systems to modern protocols.

Input Protocols: Serial and IP
Output Protocols: Serial and IP
FLEX (optional PURC control)   POCSAG (optional PURC control)

Additional/Optional Features

  • Database of up to 5000 subscribers.
  • 4 serial ports on board.
  • Up to 8 phone lines (DID or POTS).
  • Can be configured for auto-fail-over to hot swap standby.
  • 1RU rack mount unit appliance—no moving parts.
  • Easily secure legacy system messages leaving site for HIPAA compliance.
  • Only purchase the protocols/options you need.
  • Add Paging Encryption for HIPAA compliance on site.

Prism-IPX Systems LLC.

11175 Cicero Dr., Alpharetta, GA 30022
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Adobe announces biggest change to the PDF 'in a generation'

By Joel Khalili
September 24, 2020

New Adobe Acrobat feature will debut on mobile platforms

(Image credit: Shutterstock)

Adobe has set-out a new multi-year vision for the future of the PDF, as well as a new feature it describes as the “biggest change in a generation”.

The new AI-powered Liquid Mode, built into Adobe Acrobat, is designed to make navigating and reading PDF documents easier than ever before — especially on smaller screens. Activating the new mode resizes and reformats static PDFs to better fit the user’s screen, making the reading experience much more similar to using a web browser. In other words, there’s no more scrolling left and right to follow the line of text, nor zooming in and out to make the text legible on screen.

The new feature debuts in Adobe Acrobat Reader for iOS and Android (plus Play Store-compatible Chromebooks) and will land on desktops, laptops and browsers at a later date.

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The company’s new Liquid Mode is powered by Adobe Sensei, which harnesses AI and machine learning to analyze a static PDF, identify key elements and reformat the document to make it more easily digestible.

“Liquid Mode simultaneously creates an intelligent outline, collapsible and expandable sections, and searchable text for quick navigation. Users can ever tailor font size and spacing between words, characters, and lines to suit their specific reading preferences,” wrote Ashley Still, SVP and General Manager of Digital Media at Adobe.

“With Liquid Mode, pinching and zooming is no longer necessary. Words are resizable and reflowable, images are tappable and expandable and tables are responsive.” Adobe is, however, keen to note that the technology is still in its nascent stages and will improve in time with use. As more data is collected and fed into Adobe Sensei, reliability will improve and functionality expand, the firm claims.

Beyond Liquid Mode, Adobe also set out a new multi-year roadmap for the PDF, centered around the concept of making its document products and services more intelligent using AI.

The firm wants to accelerate document research by using AI to cross-referencing millions of PDFs at once, improve collaboration across departments and tackle societal issues such as digital literacy. “Today is the beginning of an exciting new frontier where we will fundamentally change the PDF experience — again and forever,” concluded Still.

Source: Tech Radar  

Paging Data Receiver PDR-4

The PDR-4 is a multi-function paging data receiver that decodes paging messages and outputs them via the serial port, USB or Ethernet connectors.

Designed for use with Prism-IPX ECHO software Message Logging Software to receive messages and log the information for proof of transmission over the air, and if the data was error free.

  • Option—decode capcode list or all messages.
  • Large capcode capacity.
  • Serial, USB and Ethernet output.
  • POCSAG or FLEX page decoding, special SA protocols.
  • Receivers for paging bands in VHF, UHF, 900 MHz.
  • Message activated Alarm Output.
  • 8 programmable relay outputs.
  • Send notifications of a system problem.
  • Synthesized Receiver Tuning.
  • Selectivity better than 60 dB.
  • Frequencies 148-174, 450-470, 929-932 MHz.
  • Image Rejection better than 55 dB.
  • Spurious Rejection better than 55 dB.
  • Channel Spacing 12.5 or 25 kHz.
  • Power 5VDC.
  • Receiving Sensitivity 5µV at 1200 bps.

Prism-IPX Systems LLC.

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Ph: 678-242-5290 e-mail:

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The Secret to Success

Chasing the classic American model of success has largely been a failure.

Posted Sep 23, 2020

For their 2006 book Success Built to Last, leadership and self-help experts Jerry Porras, Stewart Emery, and Mark Thompson interviewed 300 “remarkable human beings from around the world” in an attempt to learn what successful people have in common. Billionaires, CEOs, presidents of nations, Nobel laureates, and celebrities were strongly represented, although there were also some “unsung heroes” in the mix. (Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter, Maya Angelou, Jack Welch, Stephen Jobs, Bono, Quincy Jones, Michael Dell, and The Dalai Lama were among the 300.)

What was the key finding from this ambitious study? “When success just means wealth, fame, and power it doesn’t last and it isn’t satisfying,” concluded the co-authors, maintaining that it was rather the pursuing of one’s passions and the continual taking on of challenges that was the “secret formula” to being a successful person.

The history of success in America tells much the same story. Chasing the classic American model of success has not been a fruitful experience, a long view of the subject makes clear, even among those who have become wealthy, famous, or powerful. Those who have “made it” are likely to explain that it was not the external markers of success that brought them happiness or fulfillment but rather the internal satisfaction of knowing that they had realized much of their potential as human beings.

As well, because we are social beings, it is more relationships with other people that have made us feel successful, we hear from super-achievers, suggesting that the real meaning of "success" is less individualistic than we like to believe. There is much evidence to say that for many Americans, success has been a failure, an odd and disturbing thing given how wrapped up we are in its pursuit.

The proof of our failure to succeed is, as they say, in the pudding. Despite our high standard of living, our individual and collective level of happiness is mediocre at best, according to the annual World Happiness Report. (The 2020 edition places the United States 18th globally, between Germany and the Czech Republic.)

Running parallel with this general lack of happiness are clear signs that stress is woven through everyday life in this country. We do not get enough sleep, experts say, something that affects our emotional and physical health, and some pundits are claiming that we are currently living in another Age of Anxiety (the former one being the Cold War era when the threat of nuclear apocalypse hung over our heads). The shaky geopolitical climate has much to do with this, and the COVID-19 crisis has of course exponentially increased the feeling that we are not in control of our own lives.

The core of the problem with the idea of success in America is the tremendous pressure we feel to be part of what is perhaps the most competitive and materialist society in history. We may chuckle at postwar Americans’ urge to keep up with the Joneses, but, more than a half-century later, we remain entrenched in a comparison-based metric of success. There can be precious few winners within such a model, making it not surprising that so many of us often feel like losers despite having much to be proud of. Many, perhaps most of us, are engaged in the absurd exercise of climbing over each other to reach the top, an effort made all the more ridiculous because there is no real top to reach.

As well, “fulfillment” or some other emotional descriptor is difficult at best to measure, leaving money and the things it could buy as our most commonly used scorecard to measure success. Perhaps the most extreme evidence of our dissatisfaction with life in contemporary America is our spiking rate of suicide. Even high profile people who appeared to have it all chose to take their own lives in recent years, making some of us question the fundamentals of success and consider alternatives to the standard recipe predicated on money and social status.

There is, however, some good news. Over the last decade, considerable progress has been made in redefining success in ways that are more likely to make us a more contented people. Failure is increasingly being accommodated within the sphere of success, most notably, reflecting the reality that not achieving one’s goals, whether large or small, is something we all share. As well, the mainstreaming of Eastern philosophies and practices is nicely complementing Western-style ambition, in the process transforming success into a more holistic experience. More broadly, there appears to be a growing recognition that our deeply ingrained belief that success brings happiness is a cultural myth, and that it is actually the inverse equation—happiness brings success—that more often holds true.

About the Author Lawrence R. Samuel, Ph.D., is an American cultural historian who holds a Ph.D. in American Studies and was a Smithsonian Institution Fellow.
Source: Psycology Today  

Consulting Alliance

Brad Dye, Ron Mercer, Allan Angus, Vic Jackson, and Ira Wiesenfeld are friends and colleagues who work both together and independently, on wireline and wireless communications projects.

Click here left arrow for a summary of their qualifications and experience. Each one has unique abilities. We would be happy to help you with a project, and maybe save you some time and money.

Note: We do not like Patent Trolls, i.e. “a person or company who enforces patent rights against accused infringers in an attempt to collect licensing fees, but does not manufacture products or supply services based upon the patents in question.” We have helped some prominent law firms defend their clients against this annoyance, and would be happy to do some more of this same kind of work.

Some people use the title “consultant” when they don't have a real job. We actually do consulting work, and help others based on our many years of experience.

“If you would know the road ahead, ask someone who has traveled it.” — Chinese Proverb

WHAT IS 5G? 5G is the next generation of wireless networks and promises a mobile experience that's 10x to 100x faster than today's 4G networks. We say the word promise because we're in the early days of 5G. When more smartphones and networks support 5G tech, it will have far-reaching consequences for consumers, from the cars we drive (or that drive us) to the food we eat to the safety of our roads to the ways we shop to the entertainment we share with family and friends. And that doesn't include things we haven't yet imagined because we've never had the capability to unlock those new scenarios. Today, 5G may seem confusing even as it's widely hyped. We're here to help you sort fact from fiction, weed through the acronyms and jargon, and figure out when and how 5G can change the way you live. And we'll keep you from getting caught up in hyperbole — and empty promises. [ source ]

Remote AB Switches

ABX-1 switches are often used at remote transmitter sites to convert from old, outdated and unsupported controllers to the new modern Prism-IPX ipBSC base station controllers. Remotely switch to new controllers with GUI commands.


ABX-3 switches are widely used for enabling or disabling remote equipment and switching I/O connections between redundant messaging systems.


Common Features:

  • RJ45 for A, B and Common connectors.
  • Manual push button or use Prism IP commands to switch one or more relays.
  • Single or Dual Port Control card for IP or Serial connection.
  • Form C relay—control local connection.
  • Power Loss Indicator.
  • Rear Panel Connector for controlling the switch externally.
  • Power Source: 5VDC for ABX-1; 12VDC for ABX-3.

Prism-IPX Systems LLC.

11175 Cicero Dr., Alpharetta, GA 30022
Ph: 678-242-5290 e-mail:

Leavitt Communications

We can supply alphanumeric display, numeric display, and voice pagers.

We also offer NEW and refurbished Alphamate 250s, refurbished Alphamate IIs, the original Alphamate refurbished, and new and refurbished pagers, pager repairs, pager parts, and accessories. We are FULL SERVICE in Paging! Outstanding service is our goal.

E-mail Phil Leavitt ( ) for pricing and delivery information, or for a list of other available paging and two-way related equipment.

Phil Leavitt

7508 N. Red Ledge Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

Inside Towers Newsletter

Thursday, September 24, 2020 Volume 8 | Issue 186


Bobcat Wildfire Threatens Mount Wilson Towers

The Bobcat wildfire is again threatening southern California’s Mount Wilson, home to a reported $1 billion worth of land, towers and broadcast and government agency transmission equipment. By Tuesday, at least 29 structures were destroyed in Los Angeles County. The number could reach 85, reported The Los Angeles Times.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Forest Service estimated the fire expanded to more than 113,000 acres. Tuesday night it was just 17 percent contained, however that number grew to 38 percent Wednesday, according to Angeles National Forest officials, City News Service in Monrovia reported.

Overnight aerial video Tuesday showed flames approaching broadcast towers at the top of the mountain, including 24 Los Angeles TV stations, such as KPCC, KTLA and KNBC. About nine FM radio station towers are sited on Mt. Wilson, including: KRRL, KIIS, KOST, KBIG, KCBS, KTWV, KRTH, KPCC and KKLQ, according to Wikipedia.

At least one radio owner went to great lengths to install a back-up transmitter, reported Inside Radio. Mt. Wilson FM Broadcasters KKGO have operated from a Mt. Wilson transmitter since 1959. Concerned about the fire, company President Saul Levin told Inside Radio he had a duplicate transmitter installed on Flint Peak above LaCanada on the former KPWR tower. “Although an expensive means to stay on the air if Mt. Wilson is disrupted, it is a valuable back-up to allow KKGO to stay on the air through most emergencies,” Levine said.

Eight additional TV towers are sited on nearby Mt. Harvard. U.S. Forest Service public information officer Andrew Mitchell told the LA Times at least one spot fire broke out there, but was quickly contained by fire crews.

“Mt. Wilson is definitely critical,” Mitchell said Tuesday. “It’s something that we’re really putting a lot of effort into.”

The Forest Service said the fire’s encroachment on the mountaintop was because of “unfavorable wind conditions” as well as patches of dry fuels, such as conifer trees.

Lower temperatures and higher humidity levels Tuesday helped tamp down some of the fire’s activity, officials said in an update Tuesday evening. But they predicted that conditions would become hotter and drier Wednesday and today. They warned of “a significant warming and drying trend” beginning this weekend, along with a chance of “gusty northeast winds” that could affect fire conditions.

Fire officials don’t expect full containment until October 30.

Source: Inside Towers newsletter Courtesy of the editor of Inside Towers Jim Fryer.
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Concert Fantasy on “Pajaro Campana”

Juan Riveros, Harp

This piece is a concert fantasy on the traditional South American folk tune, “Pajaro Campana.” The title, “Pajaro Campana,” translates to “The Bell Bird” — the whole piece gives off a sense of organic improvisation, similar to that of birdsong. This piece is a staple of harp repertoire in South America, and every harpist has their own rendition. Coming from a Hispanic background, I always was reminded of the importance of learning this piece. I have since composed this rendition as an homage to my South American roots, and hope to shine more light on the beauty and joy of South American harp playing on the concert stage.

The opening of the piece focuses on traditional methods of playing the folk tune, followed by a short cadenza that transitions into the coda. The material for the coda was inspired by the liveliness of tango rhythms, as well as the joy and energy created by other South American groups who have recorded this piece. I hope that this piece spreads the same kind of excitement that I feel when I hear and/or play this folk tune that is so near and dear to my heart.

Thank you for listening!




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