A range of new solo music provides varied genres and complexity
—by Jan Jennings
You are bound to find something that appeals to you among the recent releases for solo harp. “Intermezzo” from the opera Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni remains one of the most beloved melodies by classical music and opera fans today. There are several solo versions available for both lever and pedal harp, but this new publication from UTOrpheus is worth consideration. Edited by Emanuela Degli Esposti and Sara Simari, this edition contains two parts. The first is a faithful draft of the original paraphrase for solo harp by Italian harpist and composer Michele Albano published in 1891. The second part is a beautiful virtuoso variation that features the melody embedded within a torrent of elaborate arpeggios. This technique, popular in the nineteenth century, does require a very capable player who can bring out the melody while executing clean, even arpeggios.