We are playing Rapsodie Espagnole by Ravel next month, and there are several mistakes in the harp part which have been corrected before. One spot has always puzzled me, though. In the Habanera, a figure occurs at reg. #7, but recurs with a slight change in rhythm at reg. #9. It is so similar that I can’t help wondering if this is another mistake in the part. Off the topic of mistakes: in the Feria movement, the harp parts could be made much more manageable by giving the lower staff at reg. #7 to the second harp, and swapping the registers in the left hand at the end of the bars at reh. #8 and after reh. #22. (It avoids making the left hand do the leap…if you look at both of the parts together, you will see what I mean.) In fact, the leap can be avoided completely, since the final chord in those figures is mostly covered by the other harpist.
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