I’m looking for piano and harp duo pieces for a recital.
Dussek (1760-1812) wrote some music for harp and piano. The best-known Trois duos concertants for harp and piano (op.69 nos. 1-3) was written in his late years. I don’t know if this piece still in print…
Having a mother, a mistress and a wife who were all noted harpists, Dussek also wrote a number of sonatinas, sonatas and concertos for harp as well.
The great masterpiece for Harp and Piano is the Sonata by Carlos Salzedo. It is very effective when played well, and not too difficult for the harp. The Berezowsky Concerto and the Ravel Introduction and Allegro also work well with piano. If you want something conservative, then try Reynaldo Hahn’s Prelude Valse and Rigaudon for harp and piano.
Tacye is right that a lot of the pieces mentioned were written for versions of the pianoforte and not the piano we have today; the sounds are different and the volumes are different.
The Salzedo duo is great and available but you said not too modern and it is certainly a great piece in the modern style.
Might be best to try and get a recital at a school with a pianoforte.
Lyra carries the Salzedo Sonata. It is very challenging, but a masterpiece. The bias against harp and piano is unfounded, I have realized. If the pianist accompanies sensitively, they are beautiful together, but if they are too loud, it does not work. It’s just more noticable than with other instruments. Lyra has other harp and piano works in their catalog. The Introduction and Allegro of Ravel is very beautiful as a duet.
“Ennanga” by William Grant Still is available in a harp and piano arrangement, and is just beautiful. I had to order it directly from someone in his family years ago, but I found the ordering info on the Internet. If you’re interested in it, let me know and I’ll try to dig up the info.
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