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A Garland for the Harp
6 Preludes
David Watkins
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Cover image Work: Six preludes for solo harp
With suggestions for division for ensemble performance
Catalogue No: Adlais 207
ISMN: 979-0-57032-223-7
Edition: 2nd Edition July 2014, A4 stapled
Duration: c. 7 minutes
Suitable for: Grade 5-7, Pedal Harp or Lever Harp
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A Garland for the Harp

This Suite of short and contrasted preludes can be performed consecutively or separately.
These pieces can also be used as useful studies of medium difficulty.

The score contains separate versions for Pedal Harp and Lever Harp as well as suggestions for division to enable performance by a Harp Ensemble.

I. The Rain Forest
This prelude evokes the continuous watery mist sparkling gently under the green canopy of the Rain Forest. Written to encourage a young harpist, the filagree nature of the harp writing looks complex but is in fact very easy to play and memorise.

II. Flights
These simple fragments, when linked together, imitate the flights of birds.

III. Bells
A short essay in sonority which captures the sound of pealing bells with all their attendant overtones.
(Small hands can play the lowest notes of big chords up an octave.)

IV. Games
A playful study with contrasting rhythms.

V. Laments
An ancient mode used to conjure up timeless feelings of sadness.

VI. Dances
Fragments of rhythms lead into a middle section which develops into a 'rumba' with ongoing rhythmic contrasts.

(Total playing time 7 minutes approx.)

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Cover image "Garland of Wisteria"
a watercolour by Philip Byrne, used with the artists permission, ©2013 Philip Byrne

Front cover of the score

Sample of the music