Any good arrangements/compositions for harp and advanced soprano? Any genre! Looking to put together a recital and just working on getting a program compiled now.
Fleur des Blés by Debussy for soprano and piano can work on the harp. There’s a charming lullaby by Herbert Hughes for soprano and harp called Little Boats. Five Greek Melodies for voice and piano by Ravel, and transcribed for voice and harp by Salzedo with Ravel’s approval. The Nightingale by Deborah Henson Conant has a vocal part.If you google soprano and harp, various youtube videos come up that might give you some ideas.
Marcel Tournier set 5 songs for voice and harp. Only one of them, le lettre du jardiniere (The Gardner’s letter) has been available consistantly since it was first issued. The others were available for a short time in the 1930’s to the 1950’s, but then disappeared. Tournier went back to 4 of the songs years after he wrote them and added string quartet parts. I have found two of the songs that he wrote string parts for (Le letter du jardininiere, and Reverie du Bouddha). They are both drop-dead gorgeous. I found the one song that he did not add string part to (le lettre d’enfant à Noel). I’m still looking for the last 2 songs: Elle est venue… Ella as souri, and Insomnie. If anyone knows where they are, or has copies, please contact me. I’m hoping eventually to publish an edition of all 5 songs.
I just tried to upload a sound file of the Gardener’s letter, but it seems to be too big. If you want to hear it, send me a private email and I will send you the file to listen to.
I had forgotten the Tournier La Lettre du Jardinier! I performed it years ago. Also, there is a nice suite of songs (poems by different authors) by Haim Permont called Songs of Love and Remembrance. It was performed at the World Harp Congress in 2011. Schumann wrote some songs in which the part can be played on harp: Die Tochter Jepthas, Dem Helden, and An den Mond. Serenade Florentine by Duparc also works on harp.
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I came across this too:
Listening to Britten – Bird Scarer’s Song
Listening to Britten – The False Knight upon the Road
Listening to Britten – Dafydd Y Garreg Wen (David of the White Rock)
Listening to Britten – Bugeilio’r Gwenith Gwyn (I was lonely and forlorn)
Listening to Britten – Bonny at Morn (with harp)
Listening to Britten – Lemady
Listening to Britten – She’s like the swallow
Listening to Britten – Lord! I Married Me A Wife
Listening to Britten – A Birthday Hansel, Op.92
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