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ALL HARPS DUET OR ENSEMBLE A colorful musical tapestry of nationalistic themes and battle scenes, the “1812” has become an electrifying outdoor event at patriotic concerts worldwide, performed to the wild accompaniment of cannons, bells, and fireworks.The opening section (measures 1 through 22) incorporates elements of the Russian hymn, “God Preserve Thy People.” In the conductor’s score, Harp I and Harp II play the opening section tutti; however, the conductor can be creative and divide the opening section. Read more below.
BEGINNER TO INTERMEDIATE TRIO, ALL HARPS. These pieces have been arranged so that you can use them in a variety of ways. Harp I is the melody only, to be used alone or with an ensemble including at least Harp II. Harp III is the melody with a simple accompaniment to be used alone or in ensemble. Harp II is an accompaniment and needs to be put with at least Harp I. The exception here is the piece “The Water is Wide” which has the melody only in Harp I. There are also several pieces with a 4th part to be played by a flute or other C instrument or by another harp, if preferred. The pieces included in this set of arrangements were requested by my students, either by specific title of by genre of music. I hope you and your students enjoy playing them as much as we
INTERMEDIATE TO UPPER INTERMEDIATE, LEVER AND PEDAL HARP TRIO. Written in hope the music ignites listeners with thankfulness and patriotic spirit whatever the national holiday! "A Patriotic Medley" includes "America, the Beautiful" by Samuel A. Ward and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" by William Steffe.
This solo can be played on lever or pedal harp. Harp 1 can be played only on a pedal harp. Harp 2 can be played on a pedal or lever harp. Special note to lever players playing Harp 2: please insert page 4b for lever markings. It was designed to replace page 4 and immediately reconnect with page 5. In the beginning remember to take a deep cleansing breath and RELAX. This piece should be played with a calm and earthy feeling; a feeling of closeness to the earth and creation. It is a subtle combination of humankind and nature. Springtime beckons. REFRESH your soul and feel REJUVENATED. Don’t forget to take the time to enjoy what you are playing! Listen closely and connect with the sounds, your technique and, of course, your audience whether it be in a concert hall, outdoors or at home playing for your family or