Required Music

Music List for 2020

Required music will be announced in February 2020.

INSTRUCTIONS
We offer 3 levels of harp ensembles. Please read the descriptions below to choose your ensemble(s). Please ask your teacher which Ensemble music (see below) you should order. If you are unsure, contact Mrs. DeRosa at kimberlyharp@gmail.com or 713-962-6923.

LEARNING YOUR PART
Have your teacher assist you in choosing an appropriate part from every piece listed for your ensemble. Prepare all of your parts before our week begins!

Harp students from different backgrounds and varying experiences will be attending. Some music could look hard and some music could look easy. You may edit and simplify your part to accommodate your level of playing. (For difficult music, learn to play one hand very well. For “easy“ music, remember that there are other skills we will be working on, not just note reading. For you, there will be other challenges and opportunities for expanding your musicianship and leadership within the ensemble.)

Once you have bought your music, copy the parts you have chosen and put them into a ½” black binder for the festival. Bring your binder and your original copies to the Festival.

ORDERING MUSIC
Please take note of the ordering details listed below with each piece.

PRELUDE ENSEMBLE (formerly Adagio Ensemble) – lever and pedal harps  

This ensemble is recommended for beginning/early intermediate incoming 6th – 8th graders and for those inexperienced in ensemble playing.
Music accommodates both lever and pedal harps.  

PRELUDE ENSEMBLE MUSIC SELECTIONS 

Some music selections have an option of buying an individual part in lieu of purchasing all the parts with the score. This can be a more affordable option. Please check with your teacher regarding which part you should purchase. The following vendors are suggested based on product availability on their website. No vendor is intentionally excluded. Please contact kimberlyharp@gmail regarding inaccurate or incomplete information.

  1. One prepared free choice solo
  2. TBA
  3. TBA
  4. TBA

ALLEGRO ENSEMBLE (lever and pedal harps)

This ensemble is for late intermediate and normally includes 8th
graders through graduated seniors. You are expected to have some experience with ensemble playing and be able to confidently play your part with correct notes, fingerings and counting. The level of music for this year will be similar to last year’s and is appropriate for those who have performed music such as A Moorish Garden by Gustavson, Processional by Linda Wood, Toccata by McDonald, Greensleeves arr. by Milligan, La Gimblette by Andres, Simple Gifts arr. Curcio, Short Pieces from the Masters by Grandjany, Seguidilla and Tango from Suite of 8 Dances by Salzedo, etc.
Music accommodates both lever and pedal harps.

ALLEGRO ENSEMBLE MUSIC SELECTIONS

Some music selections have an option of buying an individual part in lieu of purchasing all the parts with the score. This can be a more affordable option. Please check with your teacher regarding which part you should purchase. The following vendors are suggested based on product availability on their website. No vendor is intentionally excluded. Please contact kimberlyharp@gmail regarding inaccurate or incomplete information.

  1. One prepared free choice solo
  2. TBA
  3. TBA
  4. TBA

ENCORE ENSEMBLE (pedal harps only)

This ensemble is for a late intermediate or advanced high school students wanting to be challenged. The rehearsals will be conducted at a faster pace than Prelude Ensemble or Allegro Ensemble. You are expected to have some experience with ensemble playing and be able to confidently play your part with correct notes, fingerings and counting.
*Returning students, please note that this year, Encore Ensemble is completely separate from Allegro Ensemble with its own set of required ensemble music and is for PEDAL harps only. Please consider this ensemble if you have performed pieces (or similar pieces) to the following examples – Solfeggietto by Bach/Miller, Bolero/Rumba/Gavotte/Menuet/Polka from the Suite of 8 Dances by Salzedo, Passacaille by Handel/Beon, Pedals on Vacation by Braun, Interlude by Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Giga by Corelli, Le bon petit roi d’Yvetot by Grandjany, Harmonious Blacksmith, Haydn’s Theme and Variations by Salzedo, Chanson dans la Nuit by Salzedo, Sarabande by Bach/Grandjany.
If you are unsure of your qualifications for this ensemble, contact Kimberly DeRosa at (713) 962-6923 or kimberlyharp@gmail.com.

ENSEMBLE MUSIC SELECTIONS

Some music selections have an option of buying an individual part in lieu of purchasing all the parts with the score. This can be a more affordable option. Please check with your teacher regarding which part you should purchase. The following vendors are suggested based on product availability on their website. No vendor is intentionally excluded. Please contact kimberlyharp@gmail regarding inaccurate or incomplete information.

  1. One or two prepared free choice solo(s)
  2. One free choice orchestra excerpt      
    Examples: Nutcracker cadenza (Waltz of the Flowers) by Tchaikovsky, Fantasia on Greensleeves by Vaughn-Wlliams, Capriccio Espagnol by Rimsky-Korsakov, Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by Britten, Night on Bald Mountain by Mussorgsky, Overture to La Forza Del Destino by Verdi.
  3. TBA
  4. TBA