Contemporary Compositions for Harp

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Contemporary Compositions for Harp


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Gilad Cohen:

Trio for a Spry Clarinet, Weeping Cello and Ruminating Harp (2010); duration 12 minutes.  Grand winner of the International Composition Competition of the American Harp Society in Dallas.  Commissioned and recorded by the Israeli Chamber Project.  Video/recording: https://youtu.be/d2NVpSkUnqg.  Score and parts: visit www.giladcohen.com or http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/.

 

Michael Daugherty: (http://www.michaeldaugherty.net/)

 "Tell Tale Harp" for two Harps and Orchestra (2002) (second movement of Philadelphia Stories) commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra, duration: 10 minutes. For information contact: Michael Daugherty mkd@umich.edu or http://www.michaeldaugherty.net/

 

John Eaton:

In the Cave of the Sibyl: Sonority Movement" for 9 harps (or any multiple of 3) and flute; (1971); duration: 9 minutes; for information contact johneaton1@earthlink.net - recorded on Music by John Eaton, a CD by Indiana University Press.

Ajax  for 3 harps, bass-baritone and large chamber ensemble; (1972); duration: 12 minutes; Music Sales (AMP) or contact johneaton1@earthlink.net - recorded on Music by John Eaton, a CD by Indiana University Press

Ars Poetica for harp, flute, violoncello and mezzo soprano; (1986); duration, 15 minutes; contact johneaton1@earthlink.net - recorded on Music by John Eaton, a CD by Indiana University Press.

Songs of Despair for harp, large chamber ensemble and mezzo-soprano; (1987); duration 22 minutes; contact johneaton1@earthlink.net 

Notes on Moonlight for harp, flute, oboe, Bb clarinet, bassoon, percussionist, piano, string quartet, coloratura soprano and mezzo soprano; (1991); duration 24 minutes; contact  johneaton1@earthlink.net

Lettere for harp, flute, string quartet and mezzo soprano; (1994); duration, 17 minutes; contact johneaton1@earthlink.net

Elegy for Jane for harp, mandolin, guitar and mezzo-soprano; (1999); duration, 12 minutes; contact johneaton1@earthlink.net

  

Dennis Eberhard:

To the End of the Dreamtime, concerto for harp and large orchestra, duration: ca 34 minutes (1988-91). For information, contact Dennis Eberhard at deneb@core.com

 Especially... for solo Harp, Peters Corporation, NYC., duration: ca 12 minutes (1983). newmusic@editionpeters.com

Berceuse for Clarinet, Harp and String Orchestra, Shawnee Press, Marshalls Creek, PA , duration: ca 10. minutes (1989). shawnee-info@shawneepress.com

Encontros (Cadenzas & Interludes) for violin, cello and harp, duration: ca 24 minutes (1990). To contact Dennis Eberhard: deneb@core.com

 

Fatrock Ink Music Publishers: (www.fatrockink.com)

New solo and chamber works for harp by 20th and 21st century composers. Includes student repertoire and recordings.

The President and founder of Fatrock Ink is Marcia Dickstein, harpist of The Debussy Trio. Marcia is very active in encouraging and commissioning composers to write for the harp, especially in chamber music. Fatrock Ink endeavors to make sure that this music is made available to harpists around the world. Additionally, they are constantly adding new works at various levels of difficulty, including music that is appropriate for non-pedal harp and for harp students to play with school orchestras.

 

Monica Houghton:  (www.monicahoughton.com)

Villa Dallas (Pantoum)  for harp, soprano voice and clarinet (2001); duration 8 minutes. Interested persons may visit www.monicahoughton.com and choose the contact feature to request a copy of the score and parts.

 

Nigel Keay (www.nigelkeay.com)

Terrestrial Mirror, a 3-movement piece for flute, viola and harp. (2008). 15+ minutes. Go to http://www.nigelkeay.com/terrestrialmirror.htm for an audio of the 2nd movement as well as a free download of the complete score and parts.

 

Igor Krivokapič: (www.krivi-skladatelj.si)

Zvočne pripovedi ozarjenega večera /Sonic Tales of Sunset Evening for English horn and harp (1999); comissioned by harpist Nicoletta Sanzin and English horn player Melina Todorovska, duration:  5 minutes 10 seconds. For information and recording contact: Igor Krivokapič krivi@siol.net or www.krivi-skladatelj.si

Capriccio for E-flat clarinet and harp (2001); comissioned by clarinetist Jože Kotar and harpist Nicoletta Sanzin; dur: 9 minutes 15 seconds; recorded on CD Collage by Jože Kotar and Nicoletta Sanzin by ZKP RTS (for information contact: www.rtvslo.si/zkpprodaja/ ); published as Sloway No. 0070 by Sloway Music Editions (for information contact: www.slowaymusic.com )

Jesenske Povedi/ Autumn Tales for flute, viola and harp (2001); comissioned by Trio Mélisande, duration: 18 minutes 33 seconds. For information and recording contact: igor.krivokapic@siol.net or www.krivi-skladatelj.si  

Suite Barboletta for marimba and harp (2002); comissioned by marimba player Barbara Kresnik and harpist Nicoletta Sanzin; dur: 15 minutes 18 seconds. Published by HoneyRock (for information contact: www.honeyrock.net ). For recording contact: igor.krivokapic@siol.net or www.krivi-skladatelj.si.

 

Fredric Lissauer:

Trio Fantasia, Op. 23 for flute (alt. g-alto), viola and harp (1992), duration: 10 minutes. For information contact flissauer@aol.com

Portrait. Op. 33 ('New York in September')  for b-flat clarinet, dbl. e-flat alto saxophone, violin, harp, piano, chanteuse or crooner (2000-01), duration: 9 minutes. For information contact flissauer@aol.com

Etude, Op. 40 ('Morning Glories on a Stone Wall') for two pedal harps (2004), duration: 5 minutes. For information contact flissauer@aol.com

 

Lior Navok (http://www.liornavok.com)

Lior Navok has written extensively for the harp; each of the links lead to a specific page of the work, where people can listen and purchase

East of the Cane Fields
Instrumentation: Harp solo 
Duration: 8 Minutes

A'l Mishcavi Baleylot
(Upon my bed by night) 
Instrumentation: soprano and Harp
Text from “The Song Of Songs II”
Duration: 5 Minutes

Veiled Echoes  
Instrumentation: flute, viola and Harp
Duration: 15 Minutes

Quartet for flute, clarinet bassoon and Harp  
Instrumentation: flute/piccolo; clarinet; bassoon and Harp
Duration: 27 Minutes

Spring Calls 
Instrumentation: soprano, flute, viola, cello and harp
Text from “The Song Of Songs III”
Duration: 11 Minutes

 

Joseph Russo (http://josephmrusso-composermusician.blogspot.com/)

Septet "Distant Light" (2007)
Instrumentation:  Flute, Clarinet, Harp, String Quartet (2 violins, l viola, 1 cello)
Type:  tonal, 3 movements -- Allegro, Andante, Allegro (Variations)
Duration:  23 minutes
To hear the audio sound files of my Septet visit my website.

 

F L Dunkin Wedd (www.myspace.com/dunkinweddcomposer)

Duologue (2002) - 4 movements for flute and harp 16’.
- First performance: 1 February 2003, Anna Wynne & Rachael Osborn-Smith, Tudeley, Kent.

Of Men and Buses (2004) - an unserious song for soprano and harp, 3’.
- First performance: 13 November 2006, Sarah-Jane Dale & Luisa-Maria Ovett, The Banqueting House, Whitehall, London.

Love, 1916 (2006) - Setting of poetry by May W Cannan and others. SSA & harp, with soprano solo, 4’.
- First performance: 31 March 2007, The Thursday Choir, Sue Wight, Tudeley, Kent..

 

Benoit Wery  benoitwery1@orange.fr

Sonatine pour Flűte et Harpe  2014 

Barcarolle Concertante for Celtic harp and string orchestra or quartet 

Concertino Mystique for harp and string orchestra 2012

Several more compositions for concert hall and pedagogy.

 

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