This Irish hymn tune is popular in many churches. This set of arrangements lets you grow into the advanced version (2'30") by offering 6 different versions for pedal and lever harps (5 octave to as smalll as 22 strings.) LH octaves, 3 note chords in RH (for the most part) in the intermediate versions, less to do in the Skill Building versions. Click photo to the left to see table of contents of this collection.
more info 11 pages including cover art
The source tune for this is based on a Ukrainian New Year's carol, "Shchedryk". It became associated with Christmas with the addition of Christmas words by Peter J. Wilhousky in 1936. The English words are copyrighted but not the music. It's a great addition to repertoire, doing double duty for both Christmas and New Year's events.
Pedal changes marked, two preset levers (F# and G# below middle C): separate parts for pedal harp, lever harp, 22 string harp (C-c).
This lovely dance tune from Playford's Dancing Master collection offers a gentle, soothing ground upon which variations are built. The pedal harp version includes pedal changes and there are two lever harp versions, one in the original key(only one C# needed) for harps 22 strings or larger (C-c) and one that's been transposed for 22 string harps G-g(F# and one G# needed). Chord changes are also included. If you like the Pachelbel Canon in D, you'll like this as well. There is a lever preset but no lever changes within.
The Flower Duet Song began its life as part of opera and is still a favorite of opera fans. It gained wider popularity when Yanni based his "Aria" on which was performed as part of his Live At The Acropolis concert, widely broadcast on PBS. It's been used in British Airways and Ghiradrdelli commercials, several movies and has been recorded by Charlotte Church and has been popular at weddings in the last few years. listen here and find more information here.
Music of Handel may be found in the .
One of my Beginning in the Middle students performed this at her church after just a year of lessons! Beginning and ending with glissandi, this is a perfect choice for Palm Sunday. If you can place four notes in a row and find thirds predictably, you should have no problems learning this. In the key of C, about three minutes long and suitable for three octave harp, C-c or G-c. This works for any harp and doesn't feel like a "beginner" piece of music and is long enough for use as offertory or prelude. Fingerings are included. 2 pages
How Can I Keep From Singing has had an interesting evolution, beginning as a hymn tune. This haunting melody from the 1860 (Robert Wadsworth Lowry), can be found in two different meters, both included in my arrangement. Eva Cassidy, Enya, Judy Collins, and Bruce Springsteen have also recorded this song. Sold as two separate PDFs for use on tablets or iPads, the pedal harp version is what you'll hear on Pleasantries & Diversions. The lever harp version offers the same variations with no key changes, set in the key of C to accomodate any tuning you may choose.
listen to How Can I Keep From Singing
Pedals are marked.
Not suitable for small lever harps. (but we may have a solution included soon)
You'll need proficiency in LH harmonics. (and here, too, a version without harmonics)
This transcription of the lovely Intermezzo from Mascagni's opera Cavalleria Rusticana may be played on lever or pedal harp. One page in length and sure to please anyone requesting something from opera. Included are three versions: one for pedal or 5 octave lever harp, one for 22 strings, C-c and one for 22 strings, G-g. listen to midi file
This is included in The Sacred Lever Harp which is now ONLY available only from Vanderbilt Music. Key of C, 2 pages. A few four note chords, requires facility with three note triads and has made a good piece for mastering these chord shapes. No accidentals, fits most small harps. Recorded by harpist Susan Morehouse and soon to be released by the arranger.
The collection includes optional treble and bass clef parts that allow use as a trio.
Gustav Holst's theme from Jupiter was adapted by Holst as the hymn tune Thaxted, commonly associate with "I Vow to Thee, My Country", Princess Diana's favorite hymn. This arrangement includes a version in E flat (original key for the Jupiter) and C (original key for the hymn) for three size harps: pedal harp, full size lever harp and small harps of 22 strings and a part for violin or flute. Also included is a lead sheet in the key of C and the cover art.
This is also included in the Processional collection, Short and Sweet Volume IV. If there are other titles in this collection you want, you'll save money by purchasing the larger collection.
recommended for Beginning in the Middle students
This two to three page, Skill Building arrangement uses open fifths, optional harmonics and scale passages in the accompaniment. The "second and third verses" are nearly the same for the RH as the first verse making this quick to learn for a new student and interesting enough for professionals.
Many first year students learn this and keep it in their repertoire for years. Included: key of e minor (one sharp), suitable for 22 string harps C-c or G-g and key of a minor (all natural) for 22 string harps, C-c.
This is used by many churches during Advent and in the Lutheran church as a communion hymn.
Grieg's gentle Morning Song adapts easily for pedal or lever harp. This set of arrangements includes pedal and lever changes and multiple keys, including a lever free version. There are six versions included: pedal harp, 5 octave lever harp, 22 strings C-c with lever changes, 22 strings G-g with lever changes and 22 strings C-c lever free and 22 strings G-g lever free (ten pages of sheet music). Hear the pedal harp arrangement in this YouTube video.
listen to a lever harp performance
As published in the Folk Harp Journal, 2011, this is offered as a free harp sheet music download.
This intermediate version suits nearly every harp, including 22 string, C-c as does the simplified version (one verse only).
This is a skill builder arrangement for lever or pedal harp. Three versions, each building on skills acquired in the previous leaves new harpists with a many options for performance.
Click here for more information including samples of the sheet music.
This Irish hymn tune, popular in many churches, is most commonly known as "The King of Love, My Shepherd Is (Psalm 23) or "Breathe On Me, Breath of God (used on Pentecost and at baptisms). This hymn was used at Princess Diana's funeral.
You'll need to be comfortable with 6ths, 5ths and LH octaves. The last verse has LH harmonics that are optional. The set includes: pedal harp, 5 octave lever harp (with full levers), 22 string harps, C-c and G-g as well as two for 26 string harps: one for harps tuned in Eb with full levers and another for harps tuned in C with levers only on F. Cover art is included. 17 pages, one version includes suggested fingerings and one of the texts associated with the tune.
Recommended for Beginning in the Middle students. One version works on a Harpsicle tuned in C, another playable on a Sharpsicle. Save the rest for your next (bigger) harp. This is long enough for use as prelude or offertory.
listen to the harp duet version
Mastery of thirds and root position triads are needed to successfully learn this arrangement of a well known hymn by William Bradbury.
If you've worked through the free etudes "Triads in Root Position", you're probably ready for this. Several of my Beginning in the Middle students have learned and performed this in their first year of study. Two versions are included, one in the key of D (fits 3 octave harps G-g) and the key of C for those lacking levers. Approximately 3 minutes long. sample page of sheet music
This Skill Building Solo includes thee versions: one with very few intervals larger than a third, another that requires mastery of sixths as well (each with two "verses" and an advanced version of three "verses".
More information including sample pages and sound files here.
Students comfortable with LH octaves, RH 6ths, Alberti bass and scale passages can play the long version which is three minutes in length and includes an introduction, three verses and coda that is suitable for any harp, including 3 octave harp, C-c or G-c.
The skill building version (no chords larger than two notes) is two pages, with introduction, 2 verses and coda.
Fingerings are included, pedals included in pedal harp version and lever changes in advanced lever harp version (keys of C, F and Bb).
Pedal harp: keys of C, F and Bb.
Lever versions (in G and C) for full size lever harp with separate parts for harps C-c and G-g for easy reading, 7 printable versions in all, 17 pages including cover art. Suitable for Harpsicles and Sharpsicles.
New in 2017: a version of Three Christmas Lullabies for small harps, with a range that fits harps with bottom note of C. click here to download the small harp version
Arranged as part of a tutorial in reading lead sheets for Great Lakes Harpers (sadly disbanded), the local chapter of the International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen, this sheet music for harp solo is available for free, immediate download. It was also published in the Winter 2009 issue of the Folk Harp Journal. No fingerings included, no lever changes. A harp duo arrangement is also available, found in the harp ensemble section of this website.
Included are four versions of this setting by Barbara Ann Fackler: pedal harp (as recorded on Pleasantries & Diversions), lever harp (same keys as the pedal version with lever changes indicated), alternate version for lever harp tuned in C and a version for small harps with no lever changes needed for a skill building option. Click here for more samples and a sound file.
This great hymn of 1875 by William H. Doane and Robert Lowry has no pedal or lever changes. The three page arrangement is offered in the key of C to accommodate 26 string harps (C-g)with no lever and the key of G for 26 strings (G-d) with levers. Suitable for pedal harps as well. 6 pages of printable music, no fingerings. chord changes in key of G only, no cover art. Placed on a music stand three across, there are no page turns.
Many of my Beginning in the Middle students learn and perform the easiest version of this Skill Building Solo in time for Christmas after 5 - 7 months of lessons. The next year they learn the longer version, doubling the length of their solo piece of repertoire.
More information is here.
Offered in several versions to suit pedal harp and lever harps, this early American tune has been around since 1863. It is so well associated with American sentiment that Morton Gould used it in his symphonic work, "American Salute"(1943). It can be heard in the film scores of "Gone with the Wind", "Doctor Strangelove", "Stalag 17" and "Die Hard with a Vengence". It is a song of hope and optimism and most people recognize it. This arrangment includes a separate edition for pedal harp with pedalings marked and three versions for lever harps for 22 string harps (C-c and G-g) as well as different preferences for tuning (C tuning and Eb tuning). Lever changes are clearly marked. No page turns, each arrangement is two pages in length. Click on the sheet music image to the right for a larger view of a sample. Included are the keys of Dm (one flat), Em (one sharp) and Am (all natural). zip archive 232 KB listen to a sample mp3