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    Alison on · in reply to: World Harp Congress Cardiff #228589

    I went to Cardiff WHC in circa 1993, it didn’t cost an arm and a leg then so I don’t see why it should now ! ??


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    Alison on · in reply to: Harp + clarinet duos #228256

    Amorosi’s


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    Alison on · in reply to: Invocation for harp and strings, William Lloyd Webber #226879

    I’ll listen to the track on the CD, the sleeve notes mention only the harpist and maybe I’ll give Stainer Bell and Chester music a call.


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    Alison on · in reply to: misprints in Afternoon of a Faun #226727

    and we have spent a lifetime or more … 100 years without noticing, it’s always worth going back to the score and it would also be great if the amateur / community orchestras used both harps instead of relying on one most of the time. I have had to add the 2nd harp’s glissando into the 1st harp part.


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    Alison on · in reply to: How would you teach a 5 year old ? #226617

    Well now, a very small shy child and with my smallest harp and a few tricks up my sleeve, we made steady progress in one lesson, on the alphabet and string names etc. So with a child keen and able to learn, we were all happy !!! Have to admit I hadn’t thought this possible. My middle C song which I use on new starters worked out great, as it’s not a concert piece ! It’s also lovely to make new friends this way.


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    Alison on · in reply to: How would you teach a 5 year old ? #226615

    See below


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    Alison on · in reply to: What's on your music stand? January 2019 #225567

    Paul, in Sibelius 1, The most exacting tempo that you will need to prepare is in the (last?) movement, the one with all the running arpeggios and descending chords, probably in 3.
    I haven’t actually got the part out. I once had to play this on a Sunday say, for a one off workshop and was a!ready rehearsing the part with another orchestra conductor at a faster lick, so I was getting ahead and found it difficult to adjust in this particular section, either way it’s not slow, And you have to memorise it, it comes in for about one page then returns later for a double page spread, just black notes. The other tricky bit is that lovely high-to-low-to-high nugget, just after a page turn, I shall have to get the part out to check the rehearsal numbers.


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    Alison on · in reply to: What's on your music stand? January 2019 #224756

    Yes, many times. So find a recording and get some help !! How long have you got ? You need to know the whole ‘story’ of this long work, spend a lot of time on the arpeggios and chords in the last movement, work on all the tricks and bright sounding bits, know musical cues and when to wait for your entries. I have just listened to it on the radio and I still know it, but that kind of familiarity has to be earned or learned ! If you can access this UK site here it is https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0002lb0

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    Alison on · in reply to: Non cliche music for harp? #224690

    Well this isn’t clichéd, listening and watching a teenager play Ravel’s Jeux d’eau on the piano yesterday made me assume it would be impossible on the harp but no, Varvara Ivanova and Oliver Wass have done it and Oliver was interviewed here in harp column in 2016.


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    Alison on · in reply to: What's on your music stand? January 2019 #224551

    The orchestral part to the Wasps has been on my stand for a long time. Yes it’s a good time to go back to the Sonatas which I have worked on before and polish those, whilst getting my hands back into playing order. A case of old tunes for old harpists (& a pun on the title of my first tutor book).


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    Alison on · in reply to: Trois Pièces Faciles – different editions #224351

    Then you must have new reedition, for lever harp, my old version simply advises C natural for Baccorolle on lever harp. some volume collections reproduce and edit the layout etc, perhaps allow for notes too low or difficult on lever harp. I will check the publisher of original edition. It,’s about grade 3.


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    Alison on · in reply to: Good 22 string lap harp #224350

    If you are in the UK there are small Derwent harps, by a name which escapes me check out poppyharp.com – no levers mind so really for very tiny children. Also see this page
    http://www.harp.net/HarpMakers.htm


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    Alison on · in reply to: Playing w thumb collapse #224019

    Ouch, I’ve sudden!y experienced tendon inflammation in the top thumb joint in the tendon that bends the thumb as you play, very painful.


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    Alison on · in reply to: How would you teach a 5 year old ? #224013

    I need a bit more than that !

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