Required Music

Music List for 2019

**NEW – Encore Ensemble will be a separate ensemble from Allegro Ensemble with its own set of required music and curriculum. Encore Ensemble is for upper level pedal harp students.

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)
This ensemble is recommended for beginning/intermediate incoming 6th – 9th graders and for those inexperienced in ensemble playing.
Music accommodates both lever and pedal harps.      

ENSEMBLE MUSIC SELECTIONS 

Ensemble selections to be posted on March 1st
and
One prepared free choice solo

 

ALLEGRO ENSEMBLE
This ensemble is for late intermediate and early advanced levels 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, Glissando Waltz by Mozart, La Gimblette by Andres, Simple Gifts arr. Curcio, Short Pieces from the Masters by Grandjany, Two Guitars by Linda Wood, Seguidilla and Tango from Suite of 8 Dances by Salzedo, etc.
Music accommodates both lever and pedal harps.

ENSEMBLE MUSIC SELECTIONS

Ensemble selections to be posted on March 1st
and
One prepared free choice solo

 

ENCORE ENSEMBLE
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. You should 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

Ensemble selections to be posted on March 1st
and
One or two prepared free choice solo(s)
and
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.