This repertoire represents how and why I fell in love with the harp as a young girl and the journey performing has taken me on. I was in awe of the range of sound and technical artistry. It is, in my opinion, just brilliant and extremely exciting music.
Audiences are always staggered when confronted by the concert harp for the first time. Lots of people are unaware of the sheer scale of the instrument for one, but also just how the mechanics work. I have found that they really take a genuine interest at intervals and post concerts.
The Grandjany Fantasie is a piece that really inspired me to learn the harp. I wanted to play for such a long time whilst studying, a real tour de force for the harp. It takes audiences through a world of tonal and musical colours and textures. Pushing the harp and player to their technical limits.
The Fantasy on Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin is a piece I came across more recently. It is a virtuosic showpiece, delightfully highlighting the main themes from Tchaikovsky’s music. Audiences love the melodic richness and are wowed by the technical demands on the performer.
|Mikhail Glinka – Nocturne
|Louis Spohr – Fantasie in C minor op. 35
|Marcel Grandjany – Fantasie sur un theme de J Haydn, op. 31
|Marcel Tournier – Jazz Band
|Ekaterina Walter-Kühne – Fantaisie Sur Un Theme De L’Opera Eugene Onegin par P. Tchaikovsky
|Claude Debussy – Estampes no. 2, La Soirée Dans La Grenade
|Gabriel Fauré – Une Chatelaine en sa Tour, op. 110
|Gabriel Pierné – Impromptu Caprice
|Manuel De Falla, arr. Grandjany – Spanish Dance no.1 from the opera La Vida Breve
|Marcel Grandjany – Rhapsodie