Sheet Music for Harp, Harp Duets

Welcome harpists, harp students and teachers!Kathryn Cater, Harpist, Composer Harprose.com

This page has descriptions of sheet music available for student harp, harp solo, and harp ensemble.

Everything listed on this page is published by Afghan Press.

On the page “Sheet Music Index” you will find more details on range, difficulty, pedals / lever changes, and links to videos or MP3 audio as well as purchasing information through folkharp.com . You can also purchase these titles through harpcenter.com and many other harp catalogs. (Please contact me if you would like me to name your catalog in this list)

Colorful Solo Collections for Student Harp (click or scroll down for details)
Harping Cats & Dogs
Singing Wings (the Bug Book)
Forever in Love with Horses
Soaring Strings (the Bird Book)
My Gallery (slightly more advanced)
A Walk in the Woods New in 2013

Classical Music Transcriptions for Solo Harp (click or scroll down)
Adagios

Easy Harp Duet or Ensemble (click or scroll down)
Enchanted Melodies
The Enchanted Sea

Intermediate Harp Solo (click or scroll down)
Grassy Fields Original contemporary solo for pedal or lever harp
Northern Dances (can be performed as concert piece medley or as individual pieces)
Noel Nouvelet – versions for pedal or lever harp
O Come All Ye Faithful – for all harps
How Great Thou Art – versions for pedal and lever harp in collection (as well as versions for harp and flute)


A Walk in the Woods A Walk in the Woods, Colorful Solos for Lever or Pedal Harp Kathryn Cater Harprose.com

For lever or pedal harp. 
Nine original works for harp inspired by the woods behind my house and some of the animals who make it their home.
Barefoot Wanderer is playful with a swing rhythm and steady bass. 
In the Treetop is a meditation, imagining yourself sitting in high in the tree, swaying with the breezes.
Wildflowers features arpeggios inspired by classical guitar etudes.
Salamander is slow and sweet, but also is a study on fingering. I thought about the way the salamander moves and tried to reflect that motion.
Fox Run is contemporary, rhythmic and challenging. I had so much fun with this that it’s my gig book.
The Fawns is a sacred moment transcribed into music. It has a choral feel, and demands a great deal of delicate expression and attention to perform.
Tango of the Owls is showy, with owls flying in scale glissandi.
Lady Buggedy features a boogie rhythm and some tricky-but-fun moves, like an old piano novelty.
Secret Agent Super Bunny is an audience-pleaser inspired by detective show theme music. I’ll make a video as soon as I get a chance to film some bunnies!

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Harping Cats and DogsHarping Cats and Dogs, Colorful Solos for Lever or Pedal Harp Kathryn Cater Harprose.com

For lever or pedal harp.
This collection has some very easy pieces. The most difficult, “Baron’s Blues”, is a jazzy piece that is actually easier on lever harp than on the pedal harp, because all the “accidentals” use lever pre-sets!  This is also true of “Walkin’ Wally”. 
Danny Solves the Mystery sounds much more difficult than it is. Hands cross, but do not play at the same time. 
Lullaby for Smokey gently puts the hands together in easy patterns. 
Walkin’ Wally is more challenging, but my students enjoyed it so much they practiced! 60’s rock vamp and walking bass makes it fun. 
Grumpy Dreams of Flying was composed for a student who wanted something mysterious sounding. Dreamy glissandi throughout most of this piece create the effect. 
Chasing Buddy is fast and cute, just like the Jack Russel Terrier it’s named after. 
Baron’s Blues is supposed to sound like a whiny puppy who just wants someone to play with him. Not too fast! 
Forest Friends has a new age feel with the additional benefit of being an etude for interval practice. 
Buckwheat’s Baby is a study on I, IV and V7 chords. 

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Singing WingsSinging Wings, Colorful Solos for Lever or Pedal Harp Kathryn Cater Harprose.com

For lever or pedal harp.
We call this “the bug book”. There are some very “harpy” but easy pieces in this book.
Little Moth Introduces harmonics in this easy, sweet little piece. 
Moon Spinner Spins the hands together, and also give the LH a simple accompaniment pattern.
Grasshopper’s Jig Leaps! Students enjoy this frolicking piece.
Monarch Wings Is another student favorite. A study in chords transitions to arpeggios on the same chords.
Bumble’s Boogie uses pedal/lever slides, and I encourage a little buzzing. It is about a bumble bee after all!
Golden Swallowtail Flits about with a descending LH arpeggio accompaniment pattern.
Busy Bees Fast! LH gets to play the melody, RH has two note chords on the off beats. 
Green Dragonfly is the most difficult, but makes a splashy recital piece.

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Forever in Love with HorsesForever in Love With Horses, Colorful Solos for Lever or Pedal Harp Kathryn Cater Harprose.com

For lever or pedal harp.
I had horse fever when I was a young girl, and spent many happy years with my old quarter horse.
The Andalusian was written for a harp student who played everything too gently, and I wanted to give her something dramatic.
The Arabian is a moody piece that challenges the student to change tempos.
Riding Sunflower is a waltz about a carousel horse. Teaches I, IV and V7 chords and uses scales.
The Horse in My  Dreams is a ballad that teaches a standard LH accompaniment
Irish Pony was a favorite with my piano students as well as harp students, and teaches open fifths. 
Old Paint uses some country music techniques including swing rhythm. 
The Silver Unicorn sounds like a Renaissance piece, and features rolled chords.
Prancing Pony Rag is audience pleasing and challenging. Requires a couple lever changes, part of the challenge!

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Soaring StringsSoaring Strings, Colorful Solos for Lever or Pedal Harp Kathryn Cater Harprose.com

For lever or pedal harp.
We call this “the bird book”. It has a lot of easy pieces, with very simple accompaniments or just alternating hands in many places. I would recommend this for a student who struggles putting hands together. 
Mourning Dove  Mimics the call of our native dove. Reflective, gentle piece teaches large intervals.
Black Bird Boogie  A simple walking bass and syncopation make this fun to play.
Flying South  A rippling RH accompaniment figure gives this the feel of bird’s wings in flight.
Swallow’s Flight  Soaring and diving arpeggios!
Little Red Hen  Use of enharmonics for repeated notes as well as glissando. This is just fun to play.
Swans at Sunset   Steady arpeggios with the melody in the LH.
Crows in the Corn  This playful piece teaches staccato on the harp and would be good for a Halloween program.
Seagull   This ballad is a student favorite.
Chickadee Dances  This joyful piece was originally improvised by my daughter, Elizabeth, on the violin (different title). I adapted the themes for harp with her permission. It features a meter change in the middle.

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My GalleryMy Gallery, Colorful Solos for Lever or Pedal Harp Kathryn Cater Harprose.com

Lever or pedal harp.
An adult student wrote to me to encourage me to keep writing music. We chatted, and I found out she was an artist. It made me think about how inspired I am by the work of other artists, and decided to use my own homegrown “gallery” (mostly amateur art by family members) to dream up some new music.  Don’t we all have a collection of objects that would never make it in a home decor magazine, but make us happy because they remind us of people we love? My new friend then blessed me by designing the cover for this book.
This collection has some easy pieces, as well as a few more challenging works. It has a slightly more mature feel than the “animal” collections, but still has a wide variety of styles and moods. At the time I wrote this I was listening to many opinions on lever harp tuning, and this led me to write all but one of these pieces in two keys, trying to please everyone!

Dying Tree   This piece requires sensitivity to perform. See the video to see how to add “koto” effects by bending the string above the tuning pegs (any harp) I also use a lever in one instance for this effect. Pedal harp can use a pedal slide or bend the string above the tuning peg.
Morning River   This is one of my favorite pieces. I use it often when the occasion calls for calming music.
Blackberry Winter    Has a dancing, Celtic flair.
Garden Psalm   I was inspired by renaissance music when writing this piece. There are meter changes. I also use this piece as calming music.
Crazy Quilt   Jaunty syncopation, playful melody. A good interval study.
Whoo Cat   A bit jazzy, this cat has rhythm!
Skyscraper   Not a building, this is about a giant fir tree reaching into the sunset sky — a haunting, tender melody. 
Alone on the Range    Challenging chords with an old west feel. Not too fast, this is a sentimental piece.
Fire!    In the painting by my uncle, a horse and rider are racing for their lives in a burning forest. This is a show off piece, easily memorized and sounds more difficult than it is.

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AdagiosAdagios, Colorful Solos for Lever or Pedal Harp Kathryn Cater Harprose.com

Lever or pedal harp.
Over the years, I have discovered little gems of classical music intended for other instrumentations, and could not resist adding them to my own repertoire. These transcriptions/arrangements are presented here, and have been used for weddings and other occasions that request classical music.
In using the title “Adagios” I hoped to convey that all of these pieces sound very pleasant performed in an unhurried tempo, and many can be used to create an atmosphere of repose. Many of the pieces have been simplified to limit the number of pedal or lever changes, if any. 
It includes one new composition, a Canon which can be played as a duet (canon-style) by two harps or harp & keyboard instrument, similar in style to the Pachelbel Canon.

Behold the Rose of SharonThomas Arne  A lovely hymn melody (Martin’s Lane). One sharp with easy lever/pedal changes.
AndanteFernando Sor   Delicate melody with simple LH (some harmonics). Two flats, lever presets – no changes, some pedal changes.
SarabandaArchangelo Corelli   Expressive and winsome with a feeling of gentle repose. I keep this one in my gig book. One flat with easy lever/pedal changes.
AllegrettoFernando Sor  Lovely A Minor arpeggiated melody, simple LH. Easy lever/pedal changes (D# required)
Un Poco AdagioMuzio Clementi  from Sonata III   Sweet melody in RH with some ornamentation, very simple LH. One Sharp with easy lever/pedal changes.
MenuettoGiuseppe Tartini   Recorded on Winter Ayres with flute and violin, this transcription for harp is delicate and pleasing. Two sharps with easy lever/pedal changes.
AndanteLeonhard Von Call  Joyful and lilting in 6/8, in G Major with easy lever/pedal changes.
LargoAntonio Vivaldi  Beautiful melody from the Lute Contero in D, with options for smaller harps. Two sharps and easy lever/pedal changes.
Canon in G by Kathryn Cater based on a theme by Klingenberg Duet for two harps or harp and keyboard. G Major, no changes.
Stately March -Godfrey Finger “Grave” from Sonata in C for Trumpet & Organ Slow and steady in 4/2, could be used as a processional or recessional. C Major, no changes.
Largo (anonymous) Slow and steady in 4/2, could be used as a processional or recessional. C Major, no changes.
SarabandeJoseph Boismortier from Trio Sonata in G Major, Opus 28   Slow and Graceful. G Major with no changes. 

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Enchanted Melodies for Two HarpsEnchanted Melodies, Colorful Solos for Lever or Pedal Harp Kathryn Cater Harprose.com

Lever or Pedal Harp.
I call it “the fairy book”. These books were inspired by beginning piano lesson books often that have teacher duet parts included. My piano students loved playing duets, and I saw how playing together not only added to their excitement about learning, but also helped them develop musically.
Harp one is melody line only, and very easy. No eighth notes, though I do encourage performance in cut time on a couple pieces, after the student has mastered it in a slow tempo. To make these pieces accessible to beginners, I wrote most of Harp One centered on middle C, but in performance students are strongly encouraged to play some of these pieces an octave higher than written. The melody tends to be buried if performed where written. This is a common practice in beginning piano music.
Harp Two is more advanced, with eighth notes, hands together and three note chords. 
Each piece is titled for a mythical fairy-like creature from different parts of the globe. I “did my research”, or at least I tried!

Flower Fairies   Harp One – Very easy mostly quarter notes, C Major. Harp One must be performed one octave higher for melody to carry.
Water Sprites   Harp One – Very easy mostly quarter notes, A Minor. Harp One may be performed one octave higher or where written if accompaniment is played lightly.
Fairy Ring   Harp One – Very easy mostly quarter notes, G Major. Harp One may be performed one octave higher or where written if accompaniment is played lightly.
Nisse   Harp One – Easy. C Major. When student is comfortable, play in cut time. Harp One may be performed one octave higher or where written.
Ivy Fairy   Harp One – Very easy, F sharp pre-set. Harp One must be performed one octave higher for melody to carry.
Trolls   Harp One – Easy, G sharp pre-set. 
Jimaninos    Harp One – Easy, C Major. When student is comfortable, play in cut time.
Wind Spirit   Harp One – Very easy, D# and G# pre-sets. 

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The Enchanted Sea for Two Harps (or Harp and Melody Instrument Option)The enchanted Sea cover my favorite

Lever or Pedal Harp.
Thanks to the harp teachers who sent me encouraging emails, here are ten more duets for beginning harpists and a more advanced player. 
Harp one is mostly melody line only, and easy, just a bit more advanced than “Enchanted Melodies”: some eighth notes and syncopation as well as a few extended techniques that should be fun for students to explore. To make these pieces accessible to beginners, most of these pieces are presented on the grand staff an octave lower than  they will be eventually performed as a duet. The melody tends to be buried if performed where written. This is a common practice in beginning piano music. 
ALSO INCLUDED in Harp One: Most of pieces written all in treble clef “where written”. Many of these pieces can be performed with a melody instrument (flute, violin etc…)
Harp Two is much more advanced, with  sixteenth notes, arpeggios, tricky syncopated rhythms and large chords. 

Castles in the Sand   Harp One – Three flats, easy, mostly quarter notes. Harp One must be performed one octave higher for melody to carry. Harp Two has long arpeggios in LH.
Merrymaids   Harp One – Two flats, very easy mostly quarter notes. To be performed an octave higher. Harp Two has cute but tricky “ukulele” style accompaniment.
Kraken   Harp One – Two flats AND F and C sharps. Some whole note chords and extended techniques, mostly quarter notes. Written where performed, no single line version for C instruments, but with some creativity it could be possible. 
Mami Wata   Harp One – Two flats, eighth notes but not fast, to be performed one octave higher. Harp Two keeps running eighth note pattern inspired by the African Kora.
Water Fairies   Harp One – Two flats, a few eighth notes but not fast, hands are divided between two treble staves, a few two and three note chords, to be performed one octave higher in some places. Harp Two has large chords, sixteenth notes and harmonics – fairly advanced.
The Selkie Dance   Harp One – One flat,  hands are divided between two treble staves, some eighth notes, to be performed one octave higher.  Harp Two has brisk eighth note accompaniment.
Encantado    Harp One – One flat,  hands are divided between two treble staves, some eighth notes and dotted quarter – eighth, to be performed one octave higher in some places. Harp Two has some tricky syncopated rhythms.
The Phantom Ship   Harp One – Two flats, extended techniques, to be performed one octave higher through most of the piece, in 6/8, uses dotted half and quarter notes. Harp Two has quick arpeggios and scales.
Sea Horses    Harp One – Two flats, extended techniques, to be performed one octave higher through most of the piece, eighth notes but not fast.  Some hands together, two and three note chords. Harp Two has quick arpeggios and large chords.
The Wave’s Lullaby   Harp One – Two flats, to be performed one octave higher . Some hands together, two and three note chords. Harp Two has harmonics.

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Grassy FieldsGrassy Fields,  for Lever or Pedal Harp Kathryn Cater Harprose.com

Lever or Pedal Harp.
Rhythmic, joyful and contemporary in D Major. This is a piece I have been improvising and improving on for years. It’s one of my favorite gig music pieces, and I hope you will enjoy adding it to your repertoire. There are two brief pedal changes which a lever harp can easily work around. Rather than write out a completely separate lever harp score, the suggested workarounds are included on the last page, with the intention that the performer may mark up their copy or memorize or improvise their own solution to those few measures.

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Northern Dances

Pedal Harp as Suite, Lever Harp if pieces are played alone.Northern Dances,  for Harp Kathryn Cater Harprose.com

This is one of my favorite concert works. It came together somewhat spontaneously as I was looking for traditional Norwegian and Swedish tunes, and I have been re-writing it for a few years. I hope intermediate harpists will enjoy adding this audience-pleaser to their repertoire.
It begins and ends with waltzes, and two children’s songs with distinctly Norwegian rhythms make for a playful medley.

 Medley of:
Anders-Orsa Vals Chaming waltz in C Major, harmonics and ornamentation give it something of a novelty effect.
Oppa Fjellet Pedal harp makes an F sharp to go into this mysterious sounding piece in — minor. 
Paul and the Hens This delightful chirdren’s song dances on the strings.
Balzer Jungfrau Pedal harp adds a C sharp for this beautiful waltz in D Major. Harmonics and ornamentation, as well as some glittering arpeggios give this set a big finish.

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Noel Nouvelet  Pedal Harp version in six flats OR Lever Harp version in three flatsNoel Nouvelet, Solo for Lever or Pedal Harp Kathryn Cater Harprose.com

“From the Winter Ayres CD, a stunning pedal harp solo. 5 pages in length, pedal changes, enharmonics, harmonies that will keep you and your audience interested in the music until the last note.”

“From the Winter Ayres CD, this piece was originally written for pedal harp. The key has been changed and some of the enharmonics have been altered, but the feel and ambiance of this haunting melody remains. Written in 4 flats, the D is always natural, so this piece needs to be played on a lever harp tuned in Eb. It is a lovely addition to your winter repertoire.”

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O Come All Ye FaithfulO Come All Ye Faithful, Solo for Lever or Pedal Harp Kathryn Cater Harprose.com

All harps – key of B flat, no lever/pedal changes

Exciting driving rhythms and syncopation give this carol a contemporary feel. I wrote this arrangement for my Christmas party gig book and it’s fun to play on either pedal or lever harp. Half way through the tempo slows and a more tender version of the carol is heard. At the end there is a return to the opening rhythmic motif. 

Let me know if you enjoy this kind of arrangement! 

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How Great Thou Arthow-great-thou-art-folio

Versions for pedal harp and lever harp in collection, as well as arrangements for harp and flute. All arrangements are intended to be performed in a gentle, intimate style. 

Pedal harp in key of D major, several pedal changes

Lever harp in key of E flat, one easy lever change (and back)

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