Halloween!

Halloween!

School shopping has begun in earnest, and I’m seeing the Halloween decorations in the stores. 

If you teach harp, you might be looking for pieces to engage returning students, or might even be planning a Halloween recital. 

Or perhaps you have a Halloween themed gig, and you need some sight readable tunes with imaginative, evocative titles to entertain your audience.

 

Here’s a list of some of my original tunes that would lend themselves beautifully for a spooky concert. Go to the sheet music index for more information.

From “Harping Cats & Dogs”

  • Danny Solves the Mystery  
  • Grumpy Dreams of Flying (Maybe he’s on a broomstick!)

From “Soaring Strings”

  • Black Bird Boogie

  • Crows in the Corn

From “Singing Wings”

  • Moon Spinner (It’s about spiders)
  • Green Dragonfly (exciting minor key piece)

From “My Gallery”

  • Whoo Cat 
  • Dying Tree (Could be about leaves falling from trees in autumn)

From “A Walk in the Woods”

  • Fox Run (Minor key, exciting)
  • Tango of the Owls
  • Secret Agent Super Bunny

HARP DUETS

Many appropriate pieces, as both collections feature mythical beings. Especially good are Kraken and The Phantom Ship from “The Enchanted Sea”

These duet books were written for beginning harpists and their teacher or an advanced student. The primo parts are mostly single note melodies, the secondo part is much more challenging in most pieces.

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A Lovely Day for a Butterfly Party

A Lovely Day for a Butterfly Party

I get to play for so many delightful occasions.butterfly3

Today I took my harp to SpringRidge Court at Charbonneau to perform for their butterfly release party. 

What does one play for a butterfly release? Something fluttery! I dug into my repertoire for some waltzes about love and (in)fidelity: Shadow Waltz, True Love, Hi-Lili Hi Lo, and my favorite for the day, I Feel Pretty (from West Side Story). And for fun, I tucked my book about Bugs & Butterflies (Singing Wings) in my gig bag.

I loved how beautifully they decorated the patio for this occasion. 

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The view through my harp strings

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Some of the butterflies stayed to drink up the sugar water on the resident’s hands. 

What a perfect occasion for harp music. I hope this is the first of many butterfly parties I get to accompany.

butterfly

 

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Enchanted Sea is Published!

Finally!

There are ten songs in this book of harp duets for one beginning and one advanced harpist, all with mythological ocean titles. I’ll be adding new videos as I get them completed. You can find the book described here.

And here is the video for Kraken. Enjoy!

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Enchanted Sea: Castles in the Sand and Merrymaids

This has been a fun project, and it is nearly complete. Afghan Press should be making the announcement soon! Here is a sneak peak at the first two songs in the book: Castles in the Sand and Merrymaids. This book is slightly more advanced than the Duet book about Fairies: “Enchanted Melodies”. All of the pieces are in 1-3 flats, and one piece also uses F and C sharps.

 

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Enchanted Sea: The Phantom Ship

I’m getting closer to completing a second duet book for beginning harpists and their teachers (or advanced student). This has been a fun project!phantom ship slide

This week I wrote “The Phantom Ship”, and finally gave in to the temptation to use an extended technique at the end to make ghostly sounds. I worried that it would be difficult to explain what to do. Fortunately, here is a beautiful website with video demonstrations. Wonderful! Harpist Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir has created this site explaining and demonstrating harp notation, and has given me permission to mention her site in the book. 

Here is the page I will be referring to.  I encourage you to look around this site. The harp notation examples and demonstrations are so helpful.  Anyone who wants to compose for harp should add this to their bookmarks.

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How Great Thou Art

how-great-thou-art-folioNewly published! How Great Thou Art Collection

This collection has arrangements of this much loved hymn melody for solo pedal or lever harp, as well as harp and melody instrument (flute or other C instrument). Four versions (two pedal, two lever). Intermediate.

This is a good arrangement for special music requests. RoseWynde presented it in concert and it was very well received.

Here is a live performance!

How Great Thou Art

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New Duet Book: “The Enchanted Sea” in progress

Sand Castles. First Tune for “The Enchanted Sea” is DONE!

This will be the second book of harp duets intended for beginning harpists (Harp One) and a more advanced student or teacher (Harp Two) THANK YOU to all the teachers who have contacted me to request this book. I am enjoying this project.

 

sand castle

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Silent Night

planets3RoseWynde’s flute and harp (or other C melody instruments and harp) arrangement of this favorite carol is now available, published by Afghan Press in versions for Pedal Harp or Lever Harp.
The Pedal Harp version modulates for the third verse; the Lever Harp version does not. Both versions feature a harp solo on the second verse, and lush, contemplative harmonies.

I’m waiting for inspiration before creating a video to showcase the recording on youtube, but you can hear a clip played here, as well as find a link to purchase the sheet music.

Silent Night was recorded on our “Merry Little Christmas” CD. You can find the whole track available on Itunes or CD Baby, or purchase the CD a variety of ways.

Let me know how you like it! I’d love to hear how you use the arrangement.

If you choose to record this arrangement, please contact me for copyright information. My terms are very reasonable; I want harpists to use and enjoy performing the music.

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