Little Sketches for harp by Barbara Ann Fackler

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Little Sketches are all related by their form and harmonic structure. The first was born of a predefined harmonic structure within which the piece took form. Each subsequent Sketch was based on the original theme with the goal of creating a different view of the source in each Sketch. As nine artists would all interpret a subject differently, each Sketch is a different interpretation of the original form. The harmonic structure of each is not identical, but is nearly so.

Little Sketches may be performed individually or as a set. When performed as a set of variations, all repeats may be omitted and Sketch Nr. 1 may be used as the coda.

key of C major

Sketches 3, 4, 6, 7, and 9 are playable as written on a small 26 string harp the likes of the Harpsicle or Ravenna 26. Sketches 1, 2, and 5 are playable on a small 26 string harp if played one octave higher than written.

An alternate version of Sketch Nr. 8 is included to accomodate the range of small, 26 string harps, bass clef C to high G above the treble staff. An extra version of Sketch Nr. 1 with chord changes is included. Keep in mind that some of the Sketches vary slightly from the original chord progression.

(hint: in the first section of Nr. 9, find the triad shape hidden in the pattern and place each group on the beat, then play the bottom two notes leaving the last note to be played with your thumb on the "and" of the beat. Cross LH over RH for the third group in the pattern, keeping RH on the middle group.) This is great preparation for arpeggios. See the sample image for placing and practice suggestions (opens in new window).

listen to Nr. 1 (real harp mp3) (This is the Sketch that was published in the winter 2011 issue of the Folk Harp Journal)

listen to Nr. 2 (real harp mp3)

listen to Nr. 3 (real harp mp3)

listen to Nr. 4 (real harp mp3)

listen to Nr. 5 (real harp mp3)

listen to Nr. 6 (midi generated mp3)

listen to Nr. 8 (midi generated mp3)

listen to Nr. 9 (opens YouTube video) see image below for hints regarding practicing and placing