Member25 March, 2021 at 5:21 pm
I was surprised to see no comments in the “Classical Harp Music” section. Classical music is my primary interest – specifically late medieval/early Renaissance music. Doing these excellent courses at Learning the Harp are helping me improve my technique, and I figure it’s probably a good thing to be able to play some music that most people have heard!!
Member25 March, 2021 at 6:10 pm
I do love classical music. But I can’t learn all songs I’ve already bought from Christy-Lyn…Then I have two big boxes with music literature and would LOVE to play them all. There are different styles etc. So, what I mean, I have to focus now….Step by step and the classical stuff will come around, too
Member8 April, 2021 at 9:35 am
I would love to add classical pieces to my repertoire as I become more skilled. But I fear my sight reading will have to improve greatly as well!
Member14 April, 2021 at 6:32 am
I would really love to learn some classical pieces – not too difficult!
Member24 May, 2021 at 12:39 am
Frankly, I was torn between the two styles, classical and celtic. I want to learn both but I certainly don’t have time to do them in lessons at the moment. So I chose to focus on classical which will help develop my technical prowess and work on light celtic stuff by myself. For beginners, I suggest you look at https://us.abrsm.org/en/our-exams/harp-exams/harp-non-pedal-exams/. This lists some classical pieces for lever harps which shouldn’t be too difficult to play (the lower grades of course). If you want super-easy, I suggest the Harpsicle packets https://harpsicleharps.com/harp-accessories/music-easy-classics . I would love to hear other suggestions.
Member24 May, 2021 at 9:10 pm
I love Renaissance music and play some on my dulcimer but it is in Tab. I need my skills on my harp before buying classical sheet music, but I will when I’m ready.
Member28 May, 2021 at 8:02 pm
Joan, thank you for posting this question.
Later on, after reading it I found and bought Ray Pool’s Anthology, 50 Themes, and Melodies for every Harpist. It has a few classical and Opera songs to quench my thirst.
I’m now playing several songs that I was playing on my dulcimer and I love having access to them in a simple version. Especially my favorite from Peer Gynt Suite “Morning” by Edvard Grieg, and other lovely pieces from Hyden, JS Bach, etc. I watched Ray Pool on Youtube and it led me to buy his online book from the Sylvia Woods website.
Member2 June, 2021 at 6:22 am
Grieg’s “Morning” is truly gorgeous – a beautiful piece! Have fun with your book.
Member2 June, 2021 at 10:41 pm
I developed an aversion towards classical music from my piano exam days. I was quite adamant to stay away from classical music when I first started harp lesson, but my harp teacher slowly swayed me over and I have since learned some pieces that I really enjoyed playing such as Handel’s Chaconne from Suite in D Minor and Bach’s Toccata in D Minor. I do find that playing classical very different from Celtic music; they are both technically demanding in their own ways.
Member3 June, 2021 at 1:57 pm
Well, I’ll admit it. I’m a (duh-duh-duuuuuuh!) Classical Music Prof. I teach Bel Canto (classical singing) Choir, Ear Training, etc. at my college; and took up the harp to be able to accompany myself in doing Dowland lute songs, and Celtic folk songs- and because piano accompanists are expensive! lol.
Anyway, I LOVE classical music. I’m working my way through the Dilling “Old Tunes for new Harpists’ after doing the Alice Giles online course- which helped tremendously. Proper technique (I tell my students) is absolutely NECESSARY to advance in your music skills- but one can do lovely music, even at a beginning level. As in Voice, so in Harp (or piano, or marimba, or sousaphone, etc.) So, yeah. Good technique, lovely rep, and growing in grace, is how I see it.
Member8 June, 2021 at 5:37 pm
I love classical music! I think that the majority of classical harp music is geared towards pedal harp, though. Maybe not yet in Renaissance music, but after the invention of the triple harp composers stopped avoiding accidentals.
I’m always happy to find classical pieces arranged for lever harps though. I really like Christy-Lyn’s arrangement of Pachelbel’s canon in D, and Für Elise. I also know that Anne Crosby Gaudet has lovely intermediate classical arrangements, and Josh Layne is great at arranging classical pieces at a more advanced level. “Bastian and the harp” also has some pieces for lever harp on his site as a free download.
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