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Water related pieces

  • Erin
    Erin Wood

    I have been asked to perform in a program with a water theme. They suggested a song called Niagra Falls. What other water related pieces can you think of? La source, obviously. What else?

    In searching for material, I found a really cool picture of a harpist submerged under water with a supposedly water proof harp. http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2008/09/17/harp-under-water/

    I am surprised that didn't catch on! I wouldn't mind having a water proof harp!

    replies to "Water related pieces"
    • Erin
      Erin Wood

      And by La Source I am thinking of the one by Zabel, Hasselmans , and Vers La Source by Tournier, and I guess Little Fountain could be included too.

    • Kreig
      Kreig Kitts

      Trnecek's transcription of Moldau?


    • Erin
      Erin Wood

      The Moldau would be awesome! But I doubt I can learn it quickly enough.

    • Amber
      Amber M

      How about Valse des Ondines by Cecile Corbel?  Pretty cool song...lots of YouTubes if you're not familiar with it.

    • Kreig
      Kreig Kitts

      Barcarolles also fit a water theme, and there are plenty of those in harp repertoire. The Mendelssohn?



    • Eliza
      Eliza Morrison

      It's a piano piece, but Debussy's "The Sunken Cathedral" is very watery! Salzedo made a transcription for multiple harps...don't know if there's a solo harp transcription out there...

    • Eileen
      Eileen Monger

      What about one or more of the 'Six Pièces' by Jacques Ibert? They include Matin Sur L'Eau, En Barque Le Soir and Reflects Dans L'Eau, and Ballade sounds like a river, too.....

    • Unknown
      Unknown User

      Dialogue with a Brook by Sylvia Woods from her book the Harp of Brandiswheire. It's really pretty and sounds very watery!

    • Han
      Han Hsieh

      Echoes of a Waterfall by John Thomas.


    • Erin
      Erin Wood

      Wow, thank you for all the fabulous ideas! I think this could turn into a very nice program. It was great to see the link of the archive at BYU! I didn't realize how many pieces they have archived.

    • Saul
      Saul Davis Zlatkovski

      And please don't forget that soggy old chestnut, "The Mermaid's Song on the Banks of the River at the Spring in the Forest while Bathing" by Jan Fcedekl, the well-known Fredonian harp master who was Harpo Marx's teacher in Animal Crackers.

    • Susan
      Susan Abken

      Karl Oberthuer's "Play of the Waves" is very pretty, with two melodies intertwined, one in the RH and one in the LH. The RH melody is in the thumb. It's in the album "Wedding Cake" with the green cover.

    • Kreig
      Kreig Kitts

      I was in Betty Paret's Second Harp Book, and happened to see it has a collection of short pieces, "Three Sea Sketches": "Dolphin in the Waves," "The Bell Buoy Rings," and "The White Gull's Flight." Pretty and not very difficult.

    • Misty
      Misty Harrison

      Debussy En Bateau transcription and others on Yolanda Kondanassis cd "Pictures of the Floating World" meaning songs about water

    • Fearghal
      Fearghal McCartan

      If you have a flautist available there is Carl Nielsen's music 'The Fog is Lifting' from Helge Rode's play 'The Mother'.

    • Niina
      Niina Chamberlain

      How about: The Water is Wide from Kim Robertson's book.

      On the Water-Moniker Stadler. River Flows in You-Yiruma.

      Swan LK243 (The name of the boat that Catriona was on while composing the piece at sea)-Catriona McKay.

      I have had an attempt at all of the pieces, although not expertly.


      Here's the Swan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STq2_CM7os8

    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth Volpé Bligh

      I just sent a new piece to my publisher that is called "Summer in Vancouver" which is meant to sound like a boat on the water. If you want a copy, The Avondale Press (not to be confused with Avondale) should have it ready for purchase in a couple of weeks.

      NAVAS PEREZ María Rosa

      Susan Drake recorded a CD with many pieces inspired in water. The title is "Echoes of a waterfall" and you can find the tracks on the Internet.

      (Try with this web-page: http://itunes.apple.com/es/album/echoes-of-a-waterfall/id197260571)