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  • #143470
    Hannah White
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    Hello fellow harpists!

    I was wondering if anyone had repertoire ideas for early-late advanced harp and violin duets. I’ve performed: Fantasie/Saint Saens, Melodie/Gluck, Meditation/Massanet, Entract/ Ibert, Duo/Izmaylov, Olga (Ladies in Lavender)/Hess and 2 Romances by Tournier, and I own the Kikta Sonata.

    #143471
    Gretchen Cover
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    I’ve been through a lot of music trying to find harp and viola pieces. In my music drawer I found Berceuse op. 299 by Karl Oberthur. It has a great harp part. There is a beautifully played clip on youtube.

    #143472
    Hannah White
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    Gretchen,
    Thanks for the title! I found it on youtube; very pretty.

    #143474
    Gretchen Cover
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    Also meant to suggest: Larghetto and Allegro for Violin and Harp by Gaetanio Donizetti and Sonata for Violin & Harp by Louis Spohr.

    I’m not sure if this is still published – but available on IMSLP – is Serenade by L.M Tedeschi. The harp part is not difficult.

    #143475
    Hannah White
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    Great, thanks again!

    #143502

    I made an edition of Dvorak’s Song to the Moon from Rusalka that can be played on violin and harp. If you email me, I can send it to you.

    #144474
    erin-wood
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    I read through a duo by Marie-Martin Marin and I liked it very much. It is composed by a harpist and works well except for one tricky passage. It was at the music library, so not sure where it would be available. Also Rossini Andante con variazioni is nice.

    #144475
    erin-wood
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    #144492
    paul-knoke
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    There are the Lorenz sonatas for harp and violin; quite lovely. They’re available in modern editions here:

    http://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?keyWords=parker+lorenz&type=

    #144659
    Hannah White
    Participant

    Paul and Erin,
    Thank you for the links!

    Hannah

    #144663
    kirk-kupensky
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    Hannah–look into the Duo as well as the Larghetto for vln/harp by 19th c. Latvian composer Nicolai von Wilm. Both pieces are extremely well written for both instruments and have a bold, Slavic character. There are several YouTube videos of these works by European harpists. I play the Duo with a cellist and it never fails to bring the house down! Sheet music is available on the BYU Harp Archive.

    #144671

    Hannah, In 1993 at the World Harp Congress event in Copenhagen, a harp-and-flute duo performed the Sonata Opus 135 by Erkki Melartin (Finland, 1875-1937) and its beauty was so immediately apparent I ordered it when I returned to the U.S. from International Music Services (now distributed by Vanderbilt Music Inc.) in Indiana. It is wonderful for violin and harp and I have performed it on violin with another harpist (I am professional on both instruments).

    Another suggestion is a tango by Carlos Gardel (d. 1925) that was used in several movies such as the Hollywood one “The Scent of a Woman” starring Al Pacino. I arranged it for violin accompanied by harp and Por Una Cabeza can be ordered ($5.) from Vanderbilt Music and other harp music specialist dealers in England, Germany, and Australia.

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