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Member20 April, 2021 at 12:16 am
Josh Layne actually has a lot of sheet music with lever changes. Thanks for him and his music, I got accustomed to lever changes very early on in my harp journey, which has opened up a lot of music possibilities for me. Josh clearly annotate lever changes which I really appreciate. Here are some of my suggestions on pieces with lever changes from Josh’s collection:
Für Elise from “Five Solos for Lever Harp” (https://www.joshlayne.com/store/?product=five-solos-for-lever-harp-downloadable-sheet-music-pdf). This is the main theme and it is a familiar tune to many, so I found it easier to focus on learning how to coordinate lever changes as supposed to learning the melody. The theme is pretty repetitive too, so once you got a hang of the lever changes you can learn the rest of the piece quite easily. Elgar’s Nimrod and Bach’s Gavotte en Rondeau are also from the same book and both have lever changes as well.
Fantasy on Greensleeves (https://www.joshlayne.com/store/?product=fantasy-on-greensleeves-downloadable-sheet-music-pdf) This is the one that Josh talked about in his video. Excellent arrangement but definitely is more advanced than the pieces in Five Solos for Lever Harp.
Bach’s Toccata in D Minor (https://www.joshlayne.com/store/?product=bachs-toccata-in-d-minor-bwv-565-arranged-for-lever-harp-downloadable-sheet-music-pdf) This iconic piece sounds really impressive and it is actually a lot more manageable than I expected because it has a lot of patterns that make sense. Loads of lever changes in this one, and super fun to play!
And finally, Transcriptions for Lever Harp Volume 1 (https://www.joshlayne.com/store/?product=transcriptions-for-lever-harp-volume-1-downloadable-sheet-music-pdf) is packed with lever change goodnesses (all the pieces in this book contains lever changes 😆). Bach’s Prelude No. 1 in C Major is a great one for practicing lever change. You can play it slowly and it still sounds beautiful. I am currently learning Handel’s Chaconne from suite in D minor and it is really gorgeous. The Toccata is available in this book as well.
I think I recorded most of these pieces for my YouTube channel.
From other arrangers / composers, here are some of my suggestions:
Ailie Robertson’s arrangements of Walking in the Air and Bach’s Allemande (https://www.ailierobertson.com/harp-music-shop)
Anne Grosby Gaudet’s arrangement of Mozart’s Minute in F Major (https://musicdiscoveries.shop/collections/harp-music/products/minuet-in-f-mozart-harp)
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