I am wondering if anyone knows of a good transcription of the Faure Sicilienne
for harp and flute?
There is a flute/harp transcription by Dewey Owens, but I personally don’t care for it because the harp never gets a run at anything in it (flute always gets the moving line so to me it’s not that interesting from an audience viewpoint). I myself prefer a standard flute/piano edition. I have an one that was published by Southern Music, and I would presume that’s out of print now, but there should be others available. However, the Owens (available through Lyra) is somewhat easier than the piano versions.
The guitar part to the Aranjuez used to be available in Zabaleta’s transcription for harp. I see that now the only thing that pops up is his harp/organ transcription. I would guess that may be the solo part with an organ reduction of the ensemble, but I really don’t know. (I’m assuming you’re looking for solo with orchestra rather than a transcription for completely solo performance.)
Yes, it was transcribed by Rodrigo first, but that part has been very hard to obtain for years now in the US, Jessica, unless you can find it in a library someplace or know someone who has it. The Zabaleta was what was available, although that also has become hard to get hold of in recent years.
I don’t think of it as demanding in the way that his Concierto Serenata is, but to perform it as well as a fine guitarist would certainly be quite demanding. The harp transcription by Rodrigo is available from harp music dealers, any music dealer can order it, I think it is a Schott publication.
I think the Owens transcription of the Sicilienne is the most playable and meant to be accessible. The tasty things he omits are very hard to do. I like my transcription from the score, but it is very challenging.
Hi Eliza as Barbara adviced you ,go for the Flute and Piano edition of Faure, you need first to work for writing pedals but no problem it will sound beautiful at the end, and also as she said find Paul Hurst 2nd movement of Rodrigo for solo its beautifully worked.
Thanks, Saul and Clinton.
>There is no orchestra score for the harp edition so the conductor has only a general idea what the harpist is playing.
Back when this was getting programmed a lot, most of the harpists I knew who performed it were doing their own versions, using both the Rodrigo and the Zabaleta as guides.
>No arrangment for harp by the composer cataloged in any academic library in the U.S.
No, sorry for any confusion there. The only published arrangement for pedal harp alone that I know of is the Hurst, and I believe that the Gosselin is also a solo version.
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