Concerto in Bb for Small Pedal Harp

PEDAL HARP SOLO, EARLY ADVANCED.  The well-known Baroque harp concerto by George Frederic Handel arranged by Darhon Rees-Rohrbacher to be suitable for petite sized pedal harps. Some accidentals, performance notes, explanation of ornamentation. Revised 2015.  Please choose either Paper or Download Version.


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From the arranger:

“When Handel wrote his famous 1736 concerto for harp, two flutes, string ensemble and continuo, the result was a charming concerto of modest proportions.  In fact, it was used as incidental music for the ode Alexander’s Feast, later revised by Handel for other performances in 1739, 1742 and 1751.  By modern standards, we would hardly consider his opus to be a virtuoso vehicle for the concert harp.  Handel’s notation appears rather ‘sparse’ on the page compared with later transcriptions of the work.

“The original Handel harp part resembled nothing like the rather grandiose transcriptions done by harp masters Carlos Salzedo and Marcel Grandjany.  The triple-strung harps of Handel’s day had a much smaller bass range than the modern concert harp and were more lightly strung, enabling the performer to ‘dance lightly’ on the strings.  With all respect to the genius of Messrs. Salzedo and Grandjany, certain aspects of their interpretations were heavily influenced by the greater range, string tension and technical capabilities of the late romantic double-action pedal harp.  This instrument had not been invented by Handel’s time.

“In this transcription of Handel’s famous harp concerto, I have attempted to capture the ‘spirit’ of the original version. However, the chords have been filled out slightly, some tasteful ornamentation, passing tones, octave adjustments and harpistic flourishes have been added here and there.  I have tried to maintain some of the customary inner voicing that has become traditional in the performance of this work.  First and second ending indications have been added in order to facilitate page turns in some repeated sections.  It is not my intent to produce any sort of ‘historically accurate’ document that rigidly adheres to the rules of Baroque counterpoint, even though numerous historical sources were consulted in the development of this transcription.  Rather, I am providing a more ‘reasonable’ solo version of this wonderful concerto that can be played on a small pedal harp similar in size to what was available in the late Baroque era.  It is my hope that students, teachers, and Baroque lovers will enjoy this version.

“Please note: owners of 40-string petite model pedal harps should pre-tune their lowest B to B flat prior to playing this concerto. I have transcribed this work to accommodate the range of most modern 40-string pedal harps, which have ‘A’ as their lowest note. However, it can be played on any pedal harp.”

Includes an original cadenza by the arranger.  PEDAL HARP, EARLY ADVANCED.

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