I am excited to announce that I have received a grant from the American Harp Society to write a setting of the Lenape Creation Myth! The piece will be performed in several locations in the fall of 2022, and then published in early 2023.
New release and a special treat!
I’m excited to share that I have updated and expanded my setting of H.C. Andersen’s The Nightingale. The new publication includes modifications that make the piece playable on lever as well as pedal harp (separate parts are included), along with some refinements to the text.
Supposedly, Andersen wrote the tale to express his romantic feelings for the famous soprano, Jenny Lind; thanks to his story, she gained the nickname the "Swedish Nightingale." It is a profound story, weighing the uses and meaning of the “real” in contrast to the “artificial.”
Recently I completed a recording of Mitch Landy’s “American Folksong Suite"- one selection on a CD that Mitch is putting out later this year. The piece was near and dear to my heart, as many of the nine folk songs he arranged were those I heard growing up. Here’s a sample, the arrangement of “Shendoah.”
Stay tuned for the full album release.
And in case you missed it!
Two new videos were released in March: “Oisin in Tir na n’Og”—a classic Irish Myth—and “A Portrait of Milton Phibbs”-a tribute to the late, beloved horn player-composer. See the "Videos" section for more details.
a trio version (harp, flute, and viola) of the popular “Armenian Songs” set that was published some years ago;
“All in a Garden Green”—previously only available as part of a collection—is now available as a “single.” The setting is for mixed-level harp ensemble, playable on both lever and pedal harps;
An arrangement of a suite of pieces by G.F.Handel, in honor of his birthday (Feb. 23rd): the famous Arrival of the Queen of Sheba—a wonderfully festive piece—followed by the Menuet and closing with the jubilant La Rejouissance, both from the Royal Fireworks Music. The three pieces work together beautifully, but all can be played as “stand-alone” presentations. The setting is for a mixed-level harp trio/ensemble, (beginner-intermediate) and all parts can be played on either pedal or lever harp. The lever parts are marked with all lever changes, as is the score.
A new arrangement of two traditional folk melodies from South America — La Vidalita and Las Tres Damas—is designed to be played in tandem. My original setting was for harp and flute, although it has also been performed extensively in a harp duo/ensemble version, including under the auspices of the Philadelphia Orchestra (with flutes). The new version is for harp, flute, and viola trio, featuring the viola both melodically and rhythmically.
La Vidalita is a song sung by the gaucho cattle herders of Uruguay and Argentina—very rubato and expressive. Las Tres Damas is a “joropo”-an extremely dynamic musical style, full of offbeat accents and syncopations. The pieces are real favorites of mine, and very successful with audiences of all kinds.