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Harpy Ever After

Harpy Ever After This is a jazzy ensemble with up to six different parts of varying difficulty, built on a repeating twelve-bar blues sequence. Each part (or "motif") is therefore only twelve bars long, but recurs regularly throughout the piece. Individual players may want to stay with one motif, or may want to play several during the course of the piece. The Complete Set of score and parts includes individual pages for each motif, with clear instructions as to which of the eight "verses" it needs to be played in. The six motifs are: A: "First Tune" B: "Chord Harmony" C: "Chromatic Melody" D: "Walking Bass" E: "Funky Tune" F: "Supergroove" An extra “motifs only” part is available for players who want to mix and match. The Supergroove Motif has lever or pedal slides. The motif is not difficult, and the slides can be fun. Lever or pedal slides are

Prairie Dogs HARP TRIO - easy Some syncopated rhythms, mostly single notes, very attainable. A couple of points: the 3 parts in this score are organized so that everyone gets a go at the tune, the accompaniment, and at least one of the swung countermelodies. However, you should feel free to switch things around, depending on the numbers of harpists playing and their experience: for example, less experienced players might prefer to stay on the tune, while others play the trickier passages. To this end Stephen Dunstone has produced parts for harps 1, 2 & 3 to match the score, and also a separate part that shows all the different motifs, to suit players who are going to swap motifs around. You'll also notice that there are no dynamic markings. This is because the dynamics will need to vary according to how many players are on each part. Essentially the piece

The Ash Grove trio

HARP TRIO - ADVANCED BEGINNER The accompaniment is flowing and uncluttered. There is a a descant for the second verse, which complements the melody by often moving in parallel 3rds or 6ths. An optional extra simple harmony part is available, and a part for anyone who feels happier just playing the melody throughout chord names are added to the melody only part, in case there’s a guitarist nearby who’s feeling left out and wants to arpeggiate along with the harps, or another harpist who wants to improvise an additional accompaniment. Says Mr. Dunstone: Whenever I’ve rehearsed this with a school ensemble, any other staff nearby seem to go into a serene and blissful state, so it’s definitely a very therapeutic piece!  Sound Cloud link below.

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