Hi fellow Harpies. This is Teva. I have been playing my beautiful Camac Concert Melusine harp for a couple of years, and am interested in knowing the names and composers of some of your favorite pieces for lever harp. I guess i am at the intermediate leval, and would be thrilled to hear any of your suggestions for new repetoire!
Frank Voltz’s “Silent Night” starts as a jazzy take on the classic, flows into a pretty little meditation, then ends with a surprise.
If you enjoy startling your listeners (I do!), Deborah Henson Conant’s “New Blues” is fun to play.
Speaking of blues, one of Blythe Tait’s projects for DHC’s recent “Harp: Blues-Style” class was an original song, “You can’t get to heaven if you don’t play the harp.” It is hugely fun and will be a real crowd-pleaser. You can find it here: https://sellfy.com/p/OWjA/ . When this insane month is over, I’m going to learn it as a reward for surviving. 🙂
“Intermediate” covers so much ground that if you gave us some examples of the pieces you are currently playing, that would be helpful to narrow it down as far as level. Also, what genre do you prefer – classical, Celtic, pop, religious, or all of the above? Let us know!
That said, I’m also a fan of Bernard Andres and would particularly recommend his Epices Book 1.
Teva, I think maybe Kay was misled by the word “concert” in the description of the Melusine. Both those pieces are very much for pedal harp. La Desirade is nothing but pedal slides, for example.
Kay, the Concert Melusine is a lever harp. It’s called “concert” to distinguish it from the regular Melusine, which is more of a student type harp.
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