|Sample Program and Program Notes
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Concert Length (including 15 minute intermission) is 1:30 hours.
This program fairly typical; it features music from a variety of periods.
The first work on the program is also the earliest. J.S. Bach wrote
his Partitas for keyboard - this is my transcription for the harp.
Grandjany was a very influential harpist in North America. As
well as teaching and performing he was a well received composer.
Most of his work reveals his French roots. This particular piece
is in more of a classical form. The theme in question is from a Haydn
Fauré's Impromptu is a very well known harp solo.
It was written as a test piece for a conservatory competition, and has
remained popular since.
Songs of Nymphs is a set of four "songs" or movements written by Canadian
composer Marjan Mozetich in 1986.
Mozetich has described his work as "Post A-bomb Romanticism". A very
popular piece with audiences!
The Concierto de Aranjuez is perhaps Rodrigo's best loved work.
This is my own transcription, which combines the guitar solo part and the
And finally, another transcription of an orchestral work, Smetana's
Moldau, the second of the six symphonic poems that make up Ma Vlast
(My Fatherland). The Moldau describes the river Moldau
as it makes it's way through Czechoslovakia, past various towns and cities,
until it reaches the sea. This is a gorgeous arrangement (by Czech
harpist Hans Trnecek) and makes for a rousing finish!
I usually have a short encore prepared - anything from Manuel de Falla's
Dance No. 1 to Scott Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag.