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It’s the best time of the year—fresh breezes, flowers in bloom, and the temperature is finally beginning to warm up outside. Springtime is my favorite, so I wanted to put together a list of solos that represent the season. On this list, I include pieces with beautiful, delicate, and joyous melodies, as well as some of my favorite hymns that are perfect for Easter services.
(Titles marked with an * are playable on lever harp.)
With such a fitting name, of course this piece had to make the spring list! The joyous, lively melodies really do help you imagine a sunny spring day outdoors while you play this one.
This gentle, evocative waltz reminds me of a peaceful stroll through a garden on a beautiful spring day. For more pieces like this, see Christa’s “The Garden Path” collection.
This sweet little piece is perfect for a student spring recital. It works on many skills such as descending scales with two hands and crossing over.
Named after a valley within the Great Smoky Mountains, this leisurely waltz is filled with delicate melodies that, like its name suggests, are as sweet as sugar.
I just love this sweet peppy melody! It is very playful and dance-like.
The melodies in this piece remind me of emerging from the darkness into the light. To me, that is just like the changing of seasons emerging from the winter season into the spring season, making this piece perfect for this list.
Arr. Sylvia Woods
Is there anything better during the spring than seeing all the flowers in bloom? This famous opera duet is the perfect fit for spring, as it is sung in the opera during a scene while two characters are gathering flowers by the river.
Songs for Easter
I recommend this collection for everyone’s gig book for sacred occasions and beyond. It has 14 hymn arrangements and two of Brook’s original pieces. The collection is available in C major or E-flat major and includes hymns such as “Amazing Grace,” “Be Thou My Vision,” and “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”
arr. Jodi Ann Tolman
I love a great medley and this is no exception. This medley includes three well-loved hymns: “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” “There Is a Green Hill Far Away,” and “I Believe in Christ.” It is perfect for worship services, Easter, and more.
Arr. Claire Ryan
The luscious chords and harmonies in this arrangement are just gorgeous on the harp. It is also written in all flats, so the harp is that much more resonant. The message of the hymn also makes it particularly great to play for an Easter service.
arr. Rhett Barnwell
I take this well-loved hymn arrangement with me to every gig. It is absolutely stunning and always a crowd pleaser!
Arr. Sharon Hanjian Rondeau
For sacred occasions, I like to bring a few traditional hymns with me that are set in four-part harmony, just like this traditional 19th century Easter carol. I love the extra color that it brings to arrangements. If you like this style of writing, Sharon has several more hymn arrangements to peruse here.