Louis Spohr’s gorgeous Concertante for Harp and Violin

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    HBrock25 on #146647

    Firstly I’m not a harpist, though I am a composer/arranger and have spent many hours working with Sydney based harpists in the past, hence, I write for it in my orchestrations when I can.

    I’m totally besotted with Louis Spohr’s delicious Concertante for Harp, Violin and Orchestra. I’m trying to find the band parts for this but coming up against a brick wall.

    If you can point me in the right direction that would be wonderful.


    David Trainer on #146648

    I forgot to mention, I own five recordings of this gorgeous work (Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra (my fav), Radio Luxemborg Symphony Orchestra – all on CD via iTunes. The fourth is a tape from a radio broadcast from the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, this was the first time I heard this work). Thanks

    barbara-brundage on #146649

    You can get the parts on rental from lyramusic.com (the edition edited by Dewey Owens). There may be other versions available.

    Clinton, do you have anything in your list?

    David Trainer on #146650

    Dear Clinton,

    Thank you so much for the tip off about this work, I’ll investigate. I don’t think I understood your final sentence, please explain?


    barbara-brundage on #146651

    Clinton Nieweg, who posts here from time to time, maintains an extensive database of harp ensemble parts. I was asking him if he knew of any other available editions. Sorry, I realize that may have been confusing to you.

    barbara-brundage on #146652

    Thanks, Clinton!

    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #146653

    The first modern performance was given by Kathy Kienzle, harp, and Romuald Tecco, violin, with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. I don’t know where they got the music, but it was performed over the objections of the publisher, Don Henry, who I believe was reserving the premiere for Mildonian and Ricci. So they very likely may have found original music to use.

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