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recording of Aces High by Stephen Dunstone.
MUSIC SAMPLE - View the first page of Aces High.
Suitable For : Lever / Pedal Harp
Genre : Contemporary Harp Ensemble
Ability Level : Intermediate
Format : PDF as a Zipped File Download
This is described as a "3- (or 4-) part ensemble". This is because the the main three
parts are what define the piece's character and sound, but there is an optional extra 4th
part so that less nimble players can join in. However, I should add that it's perfectly
possible for relative beginners with a good sense of rhythm to play the Harp 1 and 2
parts with leapfrogging nifty index fingers, leaving the more advanced players to take
the full harmony in the Harp 3 part.
I've also written the chord names in the Harp 1 part to provide extra performing
flexibility: a Harp 1 player desperate to be doing more with their hands could provide a
bit of extra (unobtrusive) accompaniment; or a guitarist might like to strum along.
There are no sudden, unexpected strange chromaticisms: the outer sections are Dorian
Mode on A (i.e. G major tuning), and the middle section is C major, so the changes of
key signature make it obvious what pedal harpists have to do. To make it easier for
lever harp players, they should do the following:-
Harp 1: set the 1st octave F as a natural from the start; only the 2nd octave F will need
to be flipped at the key changes.
Harp 2: set the 2nd octave F as a natural; only the 3rd octave F will need to be changed.
Harp 3: set the 4th octave F as a natural; only the 3rd octave F will need to be changed.
Harp 4: set all the Fs below middle C as sharps, throughout, and all the Fs above
middle C as naturals, then no lever changes are required.
These instructions are in the individual parts.
Aces High © Stephen Dunstone 2014