I’m wondering if most harpists play these two pieces.
As a pianist first, the last thing I want to do is play that Beethoven movement on the harp. To me it’s really a yucky thing….and so overdone. The Air for the G String is beautiful in it’s original creation. I wouldn’t want to hear it on the harp. Just me….
I love Moonlight Sonata- just starting to look at it on the harp. It does have a lot of accidentals so this one will take me some time to learn. I’ve heard it played on lever harp by Pamela Bruner and it’s just beautiful. I hope someday will a lot of work I can do this piece justice.
How do harp arrangements of the Air address the sustained notes that are a primary element of the piece?
From the musical standpoint, I can see a sense of internal conflict with playing something that can’t actually be appropriately realized on the instrument- I’m thinking Flight of the Bumblebee on the tuba for instance.
That said, I suppose if I were playing tuba professionally and a bride requested that I play FOTBB on my tuba for her to process to, and I wanted to be hired by the bride, I’d do it.
I guess the “Beautyisintheeyeofthebeholder” (or ear of the listener) principle applies.
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