I am looking to buy more lever harp music.
Posted In: Amateur Harpists
Right now I am having lots of fun with the following books of music for lever harp:
Famous Arias by Puccini for Lever or Pedal Harp – Suzanne Balderston
Traditional Tunes With a Twist – Verlene Shermer
More Traditional Tunes With a Twist – Verlene Shermer
Concerto en si bemol (Handel’s Bb Concerto) – O. LeDentu
Baroque Music for the Harp – Deborah Friou
American Classic Pop Vol. I and II – Ray Pool
Andrew Lloyd Webber Arranged for Harp – Sylvia Woods
My teacher has put me onto the Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi who actually writes for the piano. I don’t think he is very well known in the US yet but his music is fabulous on the harp. It is pretty easy to play and very few lever changes yet sounds very complex. The book I have is the “Best of”:
My favourite piece is “Passagio” from “Le Onde”. I know this is a UK site and doesn’t meet your criteria of ‘cheap’! But you get a lot of pieces in the book and I urge anyone who fancies something a bit different to give it a go. Jen
Bernard Andres has written a lot of music that works on lever harp and has interesting harmonies without a lot of lever changes. “Espices” vol. 1 and 2 are somewhat challenging and marvelous to play! One year when I played background music for a chocolate festival, I played “Vanilla” from this set – no one threw me out! 🙂
For Paraguayan harp with challenging rhythms (even 8 against 3) – Alfredo Orlando Oritz, for Scottish – Alison Kinnaird. “Nataliana” by Deborah Henson-Conant has faster passages with arpeggios and such and is completely playable on lever harp.
A little trick I learned when looking for music by composers I haven’t heard – or haven’t heard recently, is to look them up at amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com and find a CD with sample tracks you can listen to. I have not heard of Einaudi, but found a CD of his at Barnes and Noble with “Le Onde” played on piano. This link should take you there, but if not, just type in his name and it will probably come up. It’s a great little trick to see if you like a composer’s music or not before buying a score 🙂
My best estimation of the levels of the music I listed would be:
Famous Arias by Puccini for Lever or Pedal Harp – Intermediate to Advanced
Traditional Tunes With a Twist – Intermediate with a few pieces that are advanced
More Traditional Tunes With a Twist – Intermediate with a few pieces that are advanced
Concerto en si bemol (Handel’s Bb Concerto) – Advanced
Baroque Music for the Harp – Beginner to Intermediate
American Classic Pop Vol. I and II – Intermediate
Andrew Lloyd Webber Arranged for Harp – Intermediate
With the Traditional Tunes With a Twist books some of the pieces I would consider advanced because of the complex rhythms.
Have enjoyed a recent gift: “52 Scottish Songs For All Harps”, arr Sylvia Woods.
A good selection, plus there are two arr. for each piece: “easy” and “advanced” Playing both gives a nice progression and lengthens the piece!
Also “Classics to Moderns” Books 1 and 2. Compiled and Edited; Denes Agay.These are written for piano, but are easy arrangements that sound good on my 30-string harp.