After all this agonizing decision making, please let us know what piece you select.
Eight minutes covers most major solo works for harp! Salzedo showpieces up to that length include: Recessional (on my youtube channel)
Scintillation, Ballade, Variations with the short ending (yecch), a group of Short Stories, Liszt Paraphrase, Christmas Paraphrases, the Preludes, Etudes, off the top of my head. He has a lot of great short pieces too, several of which are on my channel. Harpmusic by Saul Davis Zlatkovski.
Other showy pieces on my list would be the Faure Impromptu,
my favorite short piece is the Prokofiev Prelude, and then there is Danza de la Pastora by Halffter, a killer.
One should always have an encore or two ready to play anytime, because people will ask. And criticize if it’s not perfect.
I like the Saint-Saens Fantaisie, currently, because it includes lots of rests, and is a good introduction to the sound of the harp.
Another thought on this thread for others who may need a show-off piece: Check out the pieces on the Lily Laskin CD collection. She plays some wonderful harp solos, many of which I was not familiar. Much of the music is available in the public domain.
That’s what I ended up with, Rumba. The whole set became:
Chanson dans la nuit
After hearing the whole program my initial offer of Mirage (instead of the Rumba and Tango) would have fit perfectly, but these worked fine too. I think the conductor was a little confused. He told the audience Salzedo was Spanish. Oh well, the audience loved it which is what counted.
Thank you for all the responses on this thread. So many great piece to look at for other concerts!
Oh, Sylvia, don’t keep that wonderful, energetic piece from the kids you play for–they will love it! I had a lot of youth and children in that audience, and they “ate it up,” ha, ha! I play it fast and dazzling, with lots of glissandos! Everything OLD is NEW AGAIN, as they say.
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