Valuable Editing

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New transcriptions put some classic repertoire within reach for more harpists

—by Jan Jennings

Carl Swanson has selected and edited “10 of Tournier’s most beautiful pieces…so that they are more readily playable.”

Carl Fischer has published a new collection, Marcel Tournier, 10 Pieces for Solo Harp, edited by Carl Swanson. Tournier’s greatest contribution to the harp world was the vast number of gorgeous compositions he wrote for the instrument. But as Swanson points out, many of Tournier’s pieces are problematic because they require considerable arranging and marking before you can play them. The result is that some of this music is not played frequently today or played mostly by harpists taught in the French tradition. 

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