I’d like to ask for the names/composers/arrangers of orchestra pieces
at the level for a talented High School Orchestra (Juniors and
Seniors) that include harp parts that aren’t terribly hard.
Since you played Tchaikowsky, Johann Strauss got many beautiful waltz and many harp solo with other instruments. Not too hard to play for any school orchestra. Show pieces from movies, Broadway musical are good choices too. “Manon Lescaut” intermezzo is like the Intermezzo from Cavaliar Rusticana by Mascagni. Have fun.
Try “American Salute” by Morton Gould or “Swan Lake” by Tchaikovsky.
Everything else that I’d suggest has already been suggested. They are great… take my word for it. I am in the same boat you are, and I’ve played a good portion of them. If you want any advice or an email harp pen pal… email me at email@example.com
Katie, if you and your teacher have “used up most of the standards” of high school level harp parts in orchestra music, be sure you also look at lists that American Harp Society Project 2000 put together for just that purpose. GO TO: http://www.harpsociety.org/resources/education2000.html. There are periodic updates. Here is the phone number: (203) 966 7616. The site lists published music for string ensembles, orchestral works, and selections for band or choir (Grades 1 through 12) that include harp parts; includes publisher information, orchestration,and level for both the ensemble and the harp part.
Katie, it is great to know what pieces have harp parts, but your choices can widen if you work from a piano reduction of any of the pieces your conductor wants to do. As another reply suggested, you can get someone to create a harp part, but you can do it yourself just by figuring out how to adapt a piano part. That
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