New Arrangements for a Classic Duo

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Flute and harp music that’s sure to please.

One of the most appealing and complementary instruments to pair with the harp is the flute, and we are fortunate to have a number of recent publications that add a lot of variety to our duo repertoire.

Lyrebird Editions, founded by the Lyrebird Ensemble, a Chicago-based duo, has published several duo arrangements. “Valse Melancolique” by Clémence de Grandval, a female French composer and student of Saint-Saëns, was written for flutist Paul Taffanel and harpist Alphonse Hasselmans and premiered in 1891. It demonstrates a style of writing that contrasts with the style of the first half of the nineteenth century and it is one of the earliest surviving works written for the flute and harp in the late nineteenth century.

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Jan Jennings is the music review editor for Harp Column and is the author of The Harpist’s Complete Wedding Guidebook and Effortless Glissing. You can email her at mail@harpbiz.com.

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