Thoughts on harp/piano duos and harp/organ duos

  • Participant
    elena-k-pohl on #151298

    I have always thought that harp would not be paired well with either the piano or organ, but I was wondering what other harpists thought….have you tried it before?

    Participant
    unknown-user on #151299

    I have not been involved in this as a harpist. Diane Bish made a wonderful CD with Susanne Macdonald of popular hymn arrangements. I have been an organist and pianist for over 35 years. Ensemble playing demands sensitivity to all the musicians in the ensemble. Harp can be paired with piano and organ, but you are correct in saying you do not want the harp drowned out. Last year I played the piano with a small orchestra for a Christmas cantata at church. We also hired a harpist as part of the orchestra. I had to make sure the piano part did not double the harp part, so that the harp’s counterpoint could be heard.

    Participant
    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #151300

    They pair very well in the right music if the keyboard player is a sensitive partner.

    Member
    barbara-fackler on #151301

    Elena,

    I’ve worked many times with an organist and I can recommend some great repertoire if you’re interested.

    Barb

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