What's on your music stand? (September 2018)

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    Veronika on #220675

    We used to have these threads some years ago and when I joined this forum I went through all that I could find. I find it a very good way to discover new pieces. (And I’m also curious about what other people are playing.)

    I’m currently learning Bernard Andres’s Danse d’Automne no. 1 and Kola from his Epices. Those are long term projects for me!

    I’ve also been playing Dance of the Night by Meg Robinson and Clear Sky by Catrin Finch.

    Sonya Wiley on #220681

    Probably too much is on my music stand! i’ve added two new exercise/etude books to my collection, 25 easy studies, Kastner and Mitch Landy’s Music for Harp Students. Pozzoli studies no 41; Salzedo 5 Preludes, no 1; Elegy, Kathy Bundock Moore ; Little Fountain, sightreading from new Christmas Eve book, Sunita Staneslow.

    Jerusha Amado on #220686


    I am the originator of the “Music Stand” idea. I haven’t started one of these threads in a long while, but it was always fun to do so!

    I’m working on new arrangements of some standards–“Embraceable You” and “When I Fall in Love”.

    You have a lot on your plate (or stand), Sonya! What do you like the most of what you’re learning?

    Veronika–What is “Dance of the Night” like, and what kind of event would it be suitable for?

    Veronika on #220718

    Jerusha, the piece has a kind of new-agey feel, which I mean in the best possible way. It’s a good show-off piece for intermediate players (like me), because it’s not too difficult but it sounds really nice. It’s great when people ask you to play them “something on the harp” – so far everyone has really liked it.

    Here’s a part of the first page and a (synthetic) midi file: http://www.megrobinsonmusic.com/dance-of-the-night.

    I don’t know about events, but I’d say informal events for audiences that don’t expect classical music.

    Jerusha Amado on #220719

    Hi Veronika,

    I just listened to the clip of “Dance of the Night”, and it is SO beautiful! Thanks so much for telling us about it.

    To others in our harp community– Let us know what’s on your music stand!

    Tanya Hill on #220722

    How fun, ok currently on my music stand – Toccata (Sabre Danse) by Susann McDonald, Two Guitars by Linda Wood, Pavane by Faure.

    Also a several shorter pieces for an upcoming Harp Ensemble concert at the Scottish Highland Games – Baloo Baleerie, Barbara Allan, Blythe Blythe and Merry Was She, Highland Mary – All Arranged by Kim Robertson, and Harry In Winter from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire arr by Dan Coates and lastly Walk In Belfast by Janet Harbison.

    Annie on #220723

    Woow love these kind of threads! It’s actually my first post on this forum, nice to meet you all 🙂
    Anyway, I don’t even have a harp (yet) but I do have a music stand, so now there I have a polynesian song I’m arranging for ukulele, called Ua Vai Api. I know it’s a bit off topic, but we’re on a coffee break, right? 🙂

    Jerusha Amado on #220732

    Hi Tanya–I love the songs that you’re learning that were written by Miss McDonald. I use them for gigs as background music.

    Hi Annie–What kind of harp would you like to play?

    Annie on #220736

    Hi Jerusha! To be honest, I’m still doing research so it’s still soon to say which harp I’ll end up buying, but at this moment I’m leaning to small one (26-29 strings) because the light weight and portability sounds really good to me, as I said, it’s still soon 🙂

    By the way, today I’ve changed the music on my stand, I’ve put Mozart’s Lacrimosa from when I played it on the violin with my town’s orchestra years ago. Not because I’m playing it again (I think I couldn’t do it if I tried, Omg that was crazy difficult!), but because it brings me good memories. And why not, a real sheet music looks better and more decorative than a draft in a notebook with lyrics full of arrows, crossed out chords, tab fragments… ^_^

    Veronika on #220748

    Jerusha, I’m glad you like it! It’s one of my favourite pieces.

    Annie, welcome to the forum! A ukulele arrangement is absolutely on topic – the topic is what’s on your music stand, not what harp music is on your music stand! 😀

    Evolène on #220755

    Hello all!

    Wow, Veronika, love even the midi version of Dance of the Night and it seem to be about my level, so I think I’ll take a jab at it too!

    Annie, you might want to look into Double-Strung harps if portability is a concern, and you still want to play a great range of music… There’s a sub-section on this forum called “Mine’s a triple” if you’re interested. Love the ukulele practice though 😉

    On my music stand, I haven’t taken up any new pieces recently because of work starting again.
    I’m polishing off a version of “Sally Gardens” that was a big piece to chew since I had to adapt it to a 26×2 strings double-strung harp. And I’ve taken a jab at the “Skye Boat Song” for double-strung by Carolyn Deal.

    I was thinking of picking up “Carol of the Bells” for double-strung, as well as Yiruma’s “River flows in You” for single, for which I have scores.
    Actually, my problem is not getting the scores, it’s finding the time to practice!

    Furthermore, I’m adapting some French classics by ear to adapt with recorder. Takes me a lot of time by always very fun!

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