Air on the G string J.
S. Bach 1685-1750
This wonderful melody comes from the Suite in D,
traditionally transcribed by violinists into a
lower key so that its sonority really pierces the
This was first published in 1724 by O’Neil
in Dublin and is attributed to the famous blind
harpist composer Turlogh O'Carolan 1670-1738.
Moll in the Wadd Traditional
Neil Gow collected Scottish and Irish melodies
and published them in the late nineteenth century.
This jig appears in his second edition printed
Siembra (The Sowing
Season) Andrés Sás
Founded on a Peruvian Folk Song this lonely arrangement
seems to describe a peaceful pastoral landscape
glimpsed from a high mountain.
The Foggy, Foggy
A young bachelor's excuse for making love to
maid" and so he “hauled her into bed
and covered up her head to keep her from the foggy,
No. 13 ‘The
Devil’s Laugh’ Niccolo Paganini
At the age of eighteen. Paganini was frustrated
at not having enough ‘difficult’
music to play so he wrote these spectacular Caprices.
Even today they are exceptionally difficult to
play and seem almost contemporary in conception.
Arabesque Claude Debussy 1862-1918
The Première Arabesque is included in
most harpists repertoire. With its felicitous
arpeggios and elegant romanticism, it seems more
suited to the harp than the piano. There are
many pianists who agree!
Ave Maria Bach
When Charles Gounod (1818-1893) added a melodic
line so Bach's first prelude in C. it was considered
a 'reprehensible' act by many musicians. However
the combined geniuses of both composers have created
the most famous and well loved devotional song.
Voi che Sapete (The
Marriage of Figaro) WA. Mozart 1756-1791
This Aria describes Cherubino’s conflicting
emotions of excitement and fear as he falls in
love with every woman he sees. His breathless excitement
is captured in this instrumental arrangement
Sonata in C for
Violin and Harp Antonio Vivaldi 1676-I
Allegro non Molto, Larghetto, Allegro
Originally a Trio for violin. lute and bass, it
makes a very successful sonata for violin and harp,
combining his extrovert and lively style with an
intense and poetic melodic line in the sow movement
Scarborough Fair Traditional
Perhaps the moss famous of all British Folk Songs.
The narrator, who is selling herbs. asks the
traveler to contact his sweetheart in Scarborough.
She will win his heart if she completes various
tasks for him.
Now is the Month
of Maying Thomas Morley 1557-1603
Although composed by Thomas Morley this song has
been accepted in the world of Folk Songs. It celebrates
the coming of Spring with joyfulness on all levels,
the regeneration of nature and the first stirrings
Meditation from Thaïs Jules Massenet 1842-1912
In the Opera, Thaïs, a beautiful courtesan
wants to redeem herself and gain salvation. The
meditation comes an this moment of longing for
at the Spinning Wheel Albert Zabel 1835-1910
Zabel was harpist so the last Tsar of Russia. played
with the Imperial Ballet an St Petersburg and taught
an the Conservatoire. He wrote many outstanding
romantic pieces for his distinguished Russian patrons.
Caprice No. 24 Niccolo
Paganini 1782 - 1840
Another 'Devilish' Caprice in Variation form The
theme has been used by many composers, notably
Rachmoninov in his Paganini Rhapsody for piano
On Wings of Song Felix
Mendelssohn 1809 - 1847
This was one of the most popular nineteenth century
songs. It describes a moonlit paradise filled with
flowers and a dream of love that has blessed us
and a joy that will never fade.
3 Franz Liszt 1811 - 1886
Many of Liszt’s piano compositions use
harp-like figurations and he enthusiastically
urged harpists so include them in their concerts.
The Intermezzo from
Cavalleria Rusticana Pietro Mascagni
The Intermezzo is played in the middle of this
full blooded and passionate opera.
Summer is i-cumen
by David Watkins
Dating from the thirteenth century. it celebrates
the coming of Summer Everything is in abundance
and the Buck farts from having eaten too much grass.
This arrangement depicts a drunken revelry in the
village (with bagpipes!) The cuckoo has the last