I’m a composer and pedal harpist but for a variety of reasons I want to perform on and compose more for the lever harp. At the moment I feel like I have to simplify everything I write to make it playable on the lever harp and I would like to start composing specifically with the lever harp in mind.
I am particularly interested in the polytonality and chromaticism that the lever harp can do with an ease the pedal harp can’t. I’m also quite partial to the resonance of the bass wires as well as intricate counterpoint and driving bass lines so I really want to learn how to keep the left hand writing interesting while allowing for lever changes in music that is not diatonic.
I was hoping some of you might be able to offer some advice or point me in the direction of some resources/scores to study that could help me out with this! I am totally unfamiliar with the lever harp repertoire and it isn’t an instrument covered in many books. I have found a lot of folk music and while good for practice, it is largely diatonic so does not have a lot of use for me compositionally.