Many items of sheet music originally collected by Joseph George Morley (1847–1921) are available to download for free on this page.
A few of the larger editions cost £5 to download. All are fully printable at high resolution and carry a Morley Harps watermark. Those who do not wish to download music can purchase facsimile editions without watermarking. These editions are spiral bound and printed on high quality paper.
Romances for the Harp Vol 3 Free Download (1.14 MB) or Buy Sheet Music For nearly a hundred years, the previously unpublished manuscripts of these delectable short pieces (94 in total) have lain in the Morley library. They are an exciting new addition to the harpist’s repertoire from the “Liszt of the Harp.”
Frederick Meyer was one of the two harpist sons of Philippe Meyer. He was a well-known teacher and wrote some pleasing compositions. These short pieces are in different keys and are useful studies in the style of late eighteenth century music. They are also good sight-reading pieces.
This is another great discovery from the Morley library. Philippe James Meyer (1737-1819) was born in Strasbourg, worked in Paris and finally settled in England in 1784. With Voltaire, he wrote the opera “Samson” and became known as the “young Gluck”. His compositions are remarkable for their sensitivity and although many of the movements are technically easy, they make delightful concert pieces. Meyer uses harmonics with great originality and has probably the earliest example in print.
Grand Sonata For the Harp in F Major Op. 47 Many harpists have played Naderman’s “Seven Progressive Studies”, which are admirable pieces for the foundation of a good Classical technique. However, none of the studies are as extended or as musically interesting as this Grand Sonata. Naderman, confident that this was one of his best compositions, dedicated it to Muzio Clementi, the famous pianist. Free Download (13.6 MB) or Buy Sheet Music
Twelve Exercises for the Harp Twelves studies in a pleasing Romantic style, from the important harpist, Charles Oberthür (1819-1895). Free Download (9.56 MB) or Buy Sheet Music
A collection of Welsh Airs arranged as they were originally performed by the Ancient Britons. Adapted for the harp and pianoforte by Richard Roberts (1769-1855). Includes 30 airs, plus a second harp/piano part for Sweet Richard. Free Download (3.64 MB) or Buy Sheet Music
Sonata For the Harp with a Violin Accompaniment (Ad Lib.) – Henry Smart
Henry Smart studied with Cramer and in the earlier part of his life played in the orchestra of the Italian Opera at the Haymarket Theatre. With his brother, the conductor, Sir George Smart, he would have performed many times with Haydn. This sonata is much influenced by Haydn and Arne and may be considered as one of the best classical sonatas for the harp. It is dedicated to Phillipe Meyer’s eldest son, Philip, a fine harpist who studied with Madame Krupmholtz.
Fantasia For the Harp Op. 35 Plus Variations for the Harp on the Air Je Suis Encore Dans Mon Printemps Op. 36 Two major harp compositions that bridge the style of eighteenth century classicism to nineteenth century romanticism. Spohr (1784-1859) wrote several solos for his wife Dorette and duos and double concertos for harp and violin, which they performed on their concert tours. Free Download (10.8 MB) or Buy Sheet Music
For Harp, Voice, Basso and Flute: Hope Told a Faltering Tale – Mazzinghi
For Harp and Voice: O! Merry Row the Bonny Bark – John Parry The Harper’s Lamentation – Wm Horsley The Maid of Lodi – Mr Shield The Soldier’s Tear – Alexander Lee The Spirit Song – Dr Haydn Who Boasts the Brightest Eye – Charles E Horn
These fresh and charming dance movements were written about 1800. It is rare to find music of such quality for the less advanced player. Of easy to medium grade, they will be especially attractive to the harpist who would like to begin to play duets.
Born in Berlin, Albert Zabel (1835-1910) was a protoge of the composer, Meyerbeer. After concert tours in Europe and America, he moved to Russia. In 1854 he became harpist to the Imperial Ballet and Professor at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire. His compositions are in the grand Romantic tradition and his Springbrunnen (The Fountain) is perhaps one of the best known harp compositions in the world. His three attractive Concert Studies are considered essential to the development of the complete performer.
Compositions Pour la Harpe, Vol 1 This volume includes: Op 31 Romance sans paroles Op 23 Am springbrunnen (La Source) Op 26 Marguerite douleureuse au rouet (No 2) Free Download (1.60 MB) or Buy Sheet Music
The Irish Harp An important document of the history of the harp in Ireland. There are detailed descriptions of old harps notably the Trinity College Harp and many diagrams and pictures. There are sixteen pages of music for the Irish Harp taken mainly from the Bunting Collection. Published in 1904. Free Download (64.2 MB) or Buy Book
The Highland Harp Includes detailed descriptions and measurements of The Queen Mary and Lamont Harps, which are illustrated with beautiful engravings. These will be especially helpful to harp makers and those interested in Celtic design.There are eight pages of traditional clarsach tunes. Free Download (28.4 MB) or Buy Book
Methode de Harpe Facsmilie of this important, early, harp tutor, by major eighteenth century harpist, harp maker and harp teacher. French text only. Free Download (3.88 MB) or Buy Book
Eleri Rhiannon Darkins
The Welsh Triple Harp Modern tutor book with exercises for beginners that are intended to give a basic knowledge and understanding of the triple harp. Free Download (1.59 MB) or Buy Book
The Harp: In its Present Improved State Compared With the Original Pedal Harp Facsimilie of the 1821 treatise by the nephew of the inventor of the double action pedal harp. Pierre Erard dedicated this work to his uncle, Sebastian Erard, with these words: “As a brief history of the different improvements which have been made on the harp. I trust that it will not prove uninteresting to the lovers of music, who derive so much gratification from that beautiful instrument.” Includes many beautifully engraved diagrams.Also includes the Following Essays: A Genius of France: A Short Sketch of the Famous Inventor Pierre Erard – A. Grainger (1924). Notice Biographique Sur Sebastien Erard – F. Fetis (1831) in French Free Download (23.2 MB) or Buy Book
Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards (1784) “preserved by tradition and authentic manuscripts from remote antiquity… with a choice collection of the pennillon, epigrammatic stanzas or native pastoral sonnets of Wales, with English translations. Likewise, a history of the bards from the earliest to the present time and an account of their music, poetry and musical instruments with a deliniation of the latter.” This facsimile edition contains 41 pages of text and 33 pages of traditional Welsh music. Free Download (42.2 MB) or Buy Book
The Bardic Museum: The Musical, Poetical and Historical Relicks of The Welsh Bards and Druids (1802) Facsimilie of Jones’ sixty page scholarly study of the Welsh Bards in Welsh and English. Includes a generous selection of fifty pages of traditional Welsh and Bardic Tunes arranged for the harp. Free Download (76.9 MB) or Buy Book
Cambro British Melodies: National Songs and Airs of Wales “Consisting of Caniadau, Erddiganau, Blodau, Marwnadau, Ymdeithiau, Mwynion, Seiliau, Bugeiliaeth, Hoffeddau. That is, Songs, Euphonies, Flowers, Elegies, Marches. Delectable Themes, Pastorals and Delights.” 57 pages of traditional Welsh music arranged for the harp. This is the third volume of the series that begins with Musical and Poetical Relicks and continues with Bardic Museum. Free Download (5.23 MB) or Buy Book
J. B. Mayer
Complete Demonstration of the Harp A complete demonstration of the advantages afforded by Mr Sebastian Erard’s new invented harp, with double action in the pedals. Free Download (3.96 MB) or Buy Book
Complete Instruction for the Harp A new and improved edition of J.B.Mayer’s instructions on playing the double action harp. Free Download (1.71 MB) or Buy Book
John Parry of Denbigh
The Welsh Harper An extensive collection of Welsh music, published by John Parry of Denbigh (1776-1851) (not to be confused with John Parry of Rhuabon (1710-1782). It comprises most of the contents of the three volumes published by Edward Jones. Includes observations on the character and antiquity of the Welsh music and an account of the rise and progress of the harp. 144 pages of music. 152 pages in total. Free Download (15.5 MB) or Buy Book
Method of Instruction for Playing the Welsh Harp “with explanatory remarks on the principles of fingering, and the various means of acquiring good tone and finished execution. illustrated by several useful examples and exercises.” The aged manuscript of this Welsh Triple Harp tutor was discovered and published in 1902 by a Mr Parry. Free Download (2.19 MB) or Buy Book