In this episode I talk about problem solving as I try to make a section easier at the end of Debussy’s “Prelude” (from his Suite Bergamasque).
My music video of “Caprice”
Slow Motion Monday video:
I fell in love with this song many years ago listening to a Zabaleta recording. Couldn’t find the sheet music at the time, but was thrilled to finally track it down a few years ago online at the harp archives
Labarre’s “Caprice” (as recorded by Zabaleta) is No. 7 from his “Grande étude pour la harpe : composée de huit caprices : op. 30”
All 8 etudes can be found here: https://archive.org/details/grandetudepour00laba
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The Harp Archives are a tremendous resources: https://archive.org/details/byuinternationalharparchive
In this episode I take a look at Carlos Salzedo’s “Seguidilla” from his suite of eight dances. I give some tips on it in general, and then talk about playing fast and offer some ideas and ways to work on speed.
I also made a version of this episode which shows the sheet music onscreen as I talk about it, though the video quality is worse overall. You can watch it below:
In this episode I look at how to play the polyrhythm of 2 against 3 using examples from Debussy’s First Arabesque.
You can find Renie’s transcription of the Arabesque at IMSLP – http://imslp.org/wiki/2_Arabesques_(Debussy%2C_Claude) (Look for the “Arrangements and Transcriptions” tab).
A two part look at Canadian composer Marjan Mozetich’s beautiful harp solo “Songs of Nymphs“. Written for Erica Goodman in 1988 with the assistance of the Ontario Arts Council, Songs of Nymphs is made up of four songs, or movements:
I love playing this work, and recorded it in 2001 on my CD Masterworks for Harp
Here are videos from two of my performances of Songs of Nymphs:
In this edition of Harp Tuesday I take a look at Prokofiev’s wonderful Prelude in C, Op. 12, No. 7.
I played this as part of a my livestream concert on August 2nd (2015).
IMSLP has the preludes, though depending on where you live they may or may not be public domain.
In 1997 I recorded the Prelude on my CD “An Afternoon of Harp Music“
In this episode I look at a very small section from Marcel Grandjany’s composition “Rhapsodie” and talk about and play around with different ways of phrasing it.
In many ways what it boils down to is first figuring out how you want it to sound (in your head) and then working on being able to play it that way on your instrument…
In these episodes I give an in-depth look at Handel’s Concerto for Harp, including Grandjany’s extended cadenza
I learned and play the Grandjany edition, but you can find the original on IMSLP
One of the very first videos I ever uploaded on YouTube was the Grandjany Cadenza:
And here’s a performance of the entire concerto:
In this episode of Harp Tuesday I take a quick look at the end of Felix Godefroid’s “La Danse des Sylphes”
A very fun piece to play 🙂
You can watch the last couple minutes in a video I just recorded:
Or a live performance of the entire piece from 2007:
I also recorded it in my 1997 CD “An Afternoon of Harp Music”
If you’re interested in learning the piece it appears to be available on archive.org
In this episode I talk about transcribing music written for other instruments, with a focus on “solving” pedal challenges. I also demonstrate how I change 3 pedals at once for a Beethoven Sonata