I’m looking to purchase some new music and I’m wanting to find some music similar to some songs by Frank Voltz (Peace Be With You), Rhett Barnwell (Angel Hymn and Lullaby), and Brook Boddie (Upon the Willows)–meaning calm, relaxing, beautiful music. I’m at an intermediate level and while I’m interested in songs that I could more easily sight-read, I’m more interested in some songs that will push me a little and that I could take to my harp teacher to use as lesson material. (I play a 36 string lever harp.)
For example, I can very easily play Rhett Barnwells “Angel Hymn”, but I’m now working on his “Lullaby” which is a good challenge for me.
I can easily play Frank Voltz’s “Reflections” and just recently learned “Peace Be With You” which was a little bit more difficult, but not much.
So I hope that gives you an idea of the level I’m looking at.
I’d really like to find a book with several songs of this style if possible. I’ve heard of Angi Bemiss but have never played any of her arrangements. Would they be good for me? What about her Music of Friends books? I’m also looking at these songs from her: “Dances with Wolves”, “Over the Rainbow”, “You Raise Me Up”, and many other titles interest me of hers.
I’m also looking at some Meg Robinson music (“If Only” and “Fate”), but I’m wondering if these pieces would be too simple? It’s hard to tell from just a few sample lines. I still might buy them because they are beautiful, but I would like to find some pieces that I can take to my harp teacher and use for lessons that will push me a little bit.
Other songs I’m considering that I’d love opinions about are: “The Nightingale” and “Essence of the Swan”, as well as any other ideas that might be good for me.