Many harpists have complained that the only classical music in print for ensembles is watered down for the widest market. The SWFLA Harp Chapter has performed arrangements for its ensemble made by Ron Erickson. His editions also include arrangements of classics that serious audiences appreciate, designed for advanced ensembles, such as Mozart (EKN), Debussy (La Mer), Brahms (Variations on Haydn), and Schoenberg (Verklaerte Nacht). Inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for posting Barbara. Its always interesting to know what new harp ensemble arrangements have been published.
I do have to say that if “Many harpists have complained that the only classical music in print for ensembles is watered down for the widest market,” then they really haven’t explored the repertoire that already exists out there fully.
I just finished a concert tour for Duo Harp and performed an hour program of Classical Music. In fact, when I got into rehearsals my duo partner and I discovered we had about two times as much music as we needed! Actually pairing down the music to one hour was a big chore since there were so many options we didn’t want to cut out!
I think its a fantastic idea to arrange major orchestral works for harp ensembles, and I look forward to learning about these new arrangements, but please don’t put down all the repertoire that already exists in an effort to promote new works.
I certainly wouldn’t call works by Salzedo, Thomas, Andres, Ravel, Bach, Franck etc “watered down”.
Thanks again for letting us know about these new publications.