Although the harp is really synonymous with the music of France, I really aim to show that there is so much more to the instrument than that. In this programme I explore music from all around the British Isles, through Europe, to music from as far afield as Brazil.
Included in the programme is a piece that was originally written for piano, Debussy’s La Soiree dans Grenade. I love the challenge of finding exceptional music and arranging/making it work for harp. In the Debussy, the main challenge was making the chromatic nature of the composition work on an instrument that really doesn’t lend itself to chromaticism! I really feel it was worth the effort though, as the harp adds a completely different dimension to the soundscape and a very different expressive quality to the piano.
|Mikhail Glinka – Nocturne|
|Nino Rota – Sarabanda e Toccata|
|Dalwyn Henshall – Three Welsh Dances|
|Benjamin Britten – Suite for Harp op. 83|
|Manuel De Falla, arr. Grandjany – Spanish Dance no.1 from the opera La Vida Breve|
|Claude Debussy – Estampes no. 2, La Soirée Dans La Grenade|
|Egberto Gismonti – Maracatu|
|Sergiu Natra – Sonatina|
|Mary Ann Kennedy – Cruit Gun Cheis Ceall Gun Aba|
|Pat Metheny – Letter from Home|
|Marcel Grandjany – Rhapsodie|