Hi. I was wondering if there are any pieces for harp by Debussy that are not that difficult. I am thirteen and have just got my first pedal harp. I really enjoy Debussy’s music and i would really love to play some of his. I have tried Clair de Lune but its way to hard. Could I need some suggestions. Please reply.
Both Barbara Brundage and Phyllis Schlomovitz have written easier versions of some lovely Debussy harp solos. Your teacher can surely guide you in finding these through the catalogs of major harp music dealers. Salzedo arrangements tend to be a bit daunting for someone new to pedal harp and in your age group.
Well, to be fair, my Clair de lune isn’t really any easier than the original–just has the necessary changes to accommodate the levers. The Victor Coeur pedal harp transcription would be pretty much equivalent in difficulty to my lever version, I think.
William- Don’t turn your back on music by Marcel Tournier. He was a contemporary of Debussy and one of the best composers for the harp we have ever had. Try his Offrande. It’s printed with another easy piece and both are called Deux Pieces Facile(or Breve et facile, I can’t remember right now).
I find Salzedo’s transcriptions to generally make pieces more accessible. Clair de Lune, on the other hand, is an extremely hard piece to do well, in my experience. The great thing is that you have so much to look forward to, you can spend the rest of your life working on pieces by Debussy, which is wonderful. Do your fingertraining now, get them to work well, to be able to play different patterns.
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