I’ve been performing this iconic piece for several years now (starting in 2017 at the Rio Harp Festival). Over these past few months I’ve been entering and refining my arrangement, and now have a beautifully typeset edition which has just been published today!
I’ve also arranged the opening Toccata for lever harp. It will be part of a larger collection of lever harp transcriptions, releasing in a couple weeks, but if you can’t wait you can buy the Toccata on its own right now (or as a bundle with my pedal harp arrangement).
Super excited to get this music out there, in your hands!
I’ve also just finished recording a music video of the Toccata and Fugue. It will premiere tomorrow on YouTube at 1pm PDT (Sunday, July 5th). (4pm east coast time, 10pm Central European time). I can’t wait to share the video with you – very happy with how it turned out!
And to celebrate the release of both the sheet music and my music video, I’ll be doing a livestream during the premiere. Starting up at 12:55pm, come hang out with me as we watch the music video together, then afterwards I’ll talk about my arrangement and tell some stories, etc. Looking forward to streaming in person, rather than just writing in the chat :)
If you follow the links it should show you a countdown timer, as well as displaying when the video will go live in your local timezone. Of course you can always watch my performance of the Toccata and Fugue at your leisure once it premieres :)
Another recent music video, “Farewell to Stromness” by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, is part of the “Yellow Cake Revue” – a set of songs plus two piano interludes that Davies wrote to protest a proposed uranium mine on the Orkney islands in 1980.
I, too, live on an island; Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. I thought what better to pair this song with than footage I’ve filmed on the beautiful Vancouver Island shorelines.
I’ve recorded a Harp Tuesday episode talking about how to play Farewell to Stromness on the harp.
As a follow-up to my previous two blog posts on listening I did a Harp Tuesday episode to try to demonstrate what exactly I mean by phrasing, or the space between the notes! I take a listen to three different recordings of a single bar from Chopin’s Nocturne, Op. 9 No. 2.