Did Mozart Compose For the Harp?

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    Fairy Reel on #162851

    I’ve been trying to figure this out…did Mozart compose for the harp, or not? I have several

    barbara-brundage on #162852

    Well, he wrote the flute and harp concerto. 🙂

    “La tartine de beurre” (the real name of the glissando waltz) is generally considered spurious Mozart, but is a popular beginning piano piece, too:


    There’s no good evidence that he even wrote or transcribed this piece (a landler), let alone that he wrote it for harp, I’m afraid.

    Mel Sandberg on #162853


    I couldn’t access the YouTube link you put in, (I’m short of some or other thing) and I am frightfully curious – I did not know that the Glissando Waltz is a beginners piece on piano too. How is the glissando represented on piano?

    barbara-brundage on #162854

    It’s just a white-key scale glissando, so it’s exactly the same on the piano. Think of Chico Marx. 🙂

    Mel Sandberg on #162855

    Thanks Barbara, but do they actually slide their fingers across the white keys?

    barbara-brundage on #162856

    Yes, they do slide across the keys. Lots of instruments other than the harp play glissandos, after all. We just have lots more of them and they sound so much better. 🙂

    As for youtube, you don’t need to create an account at all, unless you want to upload videos or post comments. When you go to that link, isn’t there a play arrow at the left of the timeline? What operating system are you running?

    Here’s what I see:

    Mel Sandberg on #162857

    Hi Barbara

    No, I don’t see the picture or the timeline, or a play-arrow at all.

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