First Easy-Medium Grade Volume
The Clive Morley Collection Easy-Med Grade Vol 1 harp book - Compiled and Edited by David Watkins. Highlights from the Clive Morley Collection arranged for easy to medium grade.
on line from Creighton's
Tunes in the book
Minuet with Variations - Henry Horn
Variations on a Theme by
J-C Fischer HENRY HORN
J-C Fischer was born in Fribourg in 1733 becoming the most famous oboist of the age. He was appointed as Chamber Musician to Queen Charlotte and wrote a minuet in 1780, which became all the rage. The composer, J.C.Bach, had a £5 wager with him (a lot of money in those days) that he would not be able to play his famous minuet on the oboe without stopping. Bach then sucked a lemon until the juice ran down his chin and Fischer salivated so much that he had to stop playing!
Performance Notes* This minuet and variations can be played on a lever harp with the following observation. There is time to set the F#S either between repeats or when the left hand plays only on the first beat. However, in the second variation, an A flat or natural could be substituted for the F#.
Performance Notes* For lever harps arrange the low C# & B flat or natural in a lower octave.
Performance Notes* This can be played on the lever harp with some clever arrangement. E.g. In the sixth full bar play the second and third beats with the right hand (same in the eighth bar) etc, the left hand is free to manipulate the lever.
Romance in B minor
Performance Notes This piece can be played in Bb minor on the pedal harp.
Performance Notes* The second and third Waltz can be played together. These Waltzes are great for the lever harp.
Nos Galan -
Deck the Halls with boughs of Holly
Performance Notes* For the lever harp: In bars 7 and 8 eliminate the grace notes. In bar 20 of the second part eliminate the C# in the left hand chord and manipulate the two C# levers before the next bar. In the second part start the grace note on the beat (Bar 2).
XAVIER DESARGUS (1761 -1843)
Performance Notes Even though this piece is in a slowish tempo, it's not really suitable for the lever harp.
Vous dirai-je Maman
In the variation, the grace note could be omitted!
As there are no lever changes this
DE LA MANIÈRE
Performance Notes This is a SLOW Minuet and the gentle inner rhythm must shine through the piece.
Performance Notes* Petrini rather optimistically states that this Minuet is suitable for beginners. The decorations may be omitted but the way that they have been printed is an interesting insight into how late eighteenth century decorations were played. Changing the A levers will require some dexterity but can be achieved on the lever harp. When the E natural appears towards the end, I suggest playing a D natural instead.
Prelude, Andante & Variations HENRY
Performance Notes The long scales in variation VI can be divided between the hands.
All the pieces in this volume would have been played on the single action Harp. Before the end of the eighteenth century the harpsichord was the supreme keyboard instrument and was only able to produce one dynamic at a time, the loudness or softness would have been “terraced” and changes of volume or colour would be effected at the end of a phrase or repeat, when a hand would be free to manipulate a stop.
At the end of the eighteenth century, when the fortepiano was being introduced, the Harp had a very important role. Haydn said that the harp really “communicated with the heart” as he was aware the instruments range of colour and dynamic contrast. So, sensitive phrasing, crescendi and decrescendi was the beginning of the progress towards the Romantic Movement.
Anyone who had the good fortune to hear Nansi Richards playing the Welsh Triple Harp would have been aware of the vitality in her bass line. In a dance movement (Gavotte, Minuet etc:) the musician must make the dancer want to dance. So, a 'weighted' or stressed note in the bass is not only essential for the rhythm but can clear a previous harmonic resonance by being louder than it. (When harpists play too evenly the wash of harmony muddles the music. This is often why musicians do not like the harp!). A similar approach in the interpretation of dance movements will give life and musical interest.Professor David Watkins
Any piece with * suitable for lever harps as well as pedal harps.