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  • #111988
    Sylvia
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    Does anyone have a list of 2nd harp parts for orchestra, please?
    Thank you.

    #111989
    Sylvia
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    I know pretty much which Debussy, Ravel, and R. Strauss have 2nds….and the Bernstein Ch. Psalms,. I can’t think of any others at the moment, but I suppose there are some.

    #111990
    Tacye
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    There are loads – but I have never seen them listed. Wagner’s Ring Cycle (+ 3rd-6th or even 7th!), Holst’s Planets, Elgar’s Gerontius, Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique, Strauss operas… The imslp website is often good for checking up on individual suspects.

    #111991
    Sylvia
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    Thank you. The operas don’t count, in this case. I forgot about the Berlioz. I’m just looking at ones that might come up. I love IMSLP, but it has SO MANY works it would take forever to look at all of them!

    #111992
    Tacye
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    How could I forget Pelleas und Melisande by Schoenberg – the only orchestral piece I am adamant I will refuse to play again if asked. I hope it doesn’t come up for whatever you are asking about!

    #111993
    Sylvia
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    Ugh. It sounds horrible…Schoenberg ….you know it has to be a dog. That’s probably why you forgot it…too painful to think about. Thanks for the input. I don’t think it would be a likely choice for this orchestra.

    #111994
    Alison
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    Holywell Music have a really good catalogue which can be downloaded as a pdf file, and there is a section around page 62 listing orchestral parts – it’s a ‘godsend’ for you, a few missing but very good (I’ll tell the compiler tomorrow how much we appreciate it). I can also think of Bartock’s Conc for Orch, Mahler 2,3+6, Elgar I,II, in the South, Don Juan (who’s), Strauss (Rosenkav, Tod, Alpine, Heldenleben, Wiegenlied), Janacek (Taras Bulba, ) Prokofiev +Tchai (ballets), some Shostakovitch 4, 5 or 10, Chabrier’s Espana , Bernstein’s Candide, Respighi’s Pines or Fountains of Rome. Ravel’s Mother Goose,
    Certainly prep 2nd harp’s tricky bit in the planets,(prob Venus), Bernstein’s Chichester Psalm bottom of page 3 I think, where there is a tricky bit of pedalling under the soprano.. What about Vaughan William’s Sea Symphony quite a lot in 2nd and 5 Variants/Dives Lazurus (it says doubled).. ?? I also thought of Bax (Tintagel). How best to collaborate on a master list, a tricky question……… without going through the parts to hand, not sure I like the sound of auditioning any of these parts at sight, not very practical nor realistic. Kinda useful though, guess this will be like counting sheep…

    #111995
    Sylvia
    Participant

    Yes, you are right! The Holywell catalog is a great listing to find 2nds. Thank you so much.

    #111996
    sherry-lenox
    Participant

    David Daniels’ book on orchestral music is a terrific resource for anyone who is an active orchestral performer, and although it is a little expensive it’s also a gold mine of information and a great resource for questions about historical instrumentation. Also a great holiday gift! Harp parts are listed specifically by number and also by unison doubling.

    #111997
    Sylvia
    Participant

    I hadn’t thought about looking at the LH catalog until I saw the Holywell. Duh. That is an obvious place to look because it shows what pieces have 2nd harp.

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