Arrangements to get you ready for the Christmas season
It’s not too soon to start preparing for a harpist’s busiest time of the year, and there are some new publications that may be of interest.
Lois Colin has assembled the collection Ancient Carols for Harp. Published by colinharpmusic.com, Volume 1 is subtitled “Holiday Magic” and is for pedal or lever harp. Lever harps must be tuned to at least F major to play all the music presented in the keys of F, C, G, and D. It contains 12 solos, and nine of the pieces also have an optional harp accompaniment part that can be played with a melody instrument such as flute or violin. The harp parts are in a comb-bound book, and there is a pull-out part for the melody instrument. The collection features mostly one or two-page arrangements of traditional 15th–18th century carols.