Sample Program and Program Notes

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Partita No. 4
 

Variations on a Theme by Haydn
 

Impromptu
 

Intermission
 

Songs of Nymphs
 

Concierto de Aranjuez 
 2nd Movement 

The Moldau
 

J.S. Bach
(1685-1750)

Grandjany
(1891-1975)

Fauré
(1845-1924)
 
 
 

Marjan Mozetich 
(1948-) 

Rodrigo 
(1901-1999) 

Smetana 
(1824-1884) 

Concert Length (including 15 minute intermission) is 1:30 hours.

Program Notes:

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 symphony.

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 orchestral accompaniment. 

And finally, another transcription of an orchestral work, Smetana's The 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 Spanish Dance No. 1 to Scott Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag
 

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