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    March - Third Mvt. of Harp Suite

    It's finally here! After however long it took me to complete it, my suite for celtic & orchestral harps has been completed, 3 and a half weeks before it has to be performed.

    This time around, it's the final movement, and so both harps are playing together! I also made use of two different tunings of the harps throughout the piece to create an usually obscure amount of transposition for harp writing. Both are based on a Bb minor scale, but the celtic harp includes a major 3 (mi), and the orchestral harp includes a major 6 (la). And so, if playing a melody in collaboration, I can state the melody in Bb major with a minor 7 (te), and then later on in the piece "modulate" by changing which part the harp plays, and it becomes a fully minor scale. There's a few other examples of using the two scales in colaboration to make some interesting chords and passages, so I hope they're apparent enough.

    March

    Additionally, here is the full suite, which I've given the title Membrane Melodies

    Metamorphosis
    Memories
    March


    Enjoy!

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    Re: March - Third Mvt. of Harp Suite

    Leif:

    Enjoyd your harp suite addition very much, especially after 2m30s where you employ the low bass effects and the antiphonal voicing above.

    I would like to hear this played live. A really good composition. And, the GPO harp sounds marvelous.

    Jack
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    Re: March - Third Mvt. of Harp Suite

    Leif, you never disappoint.

    Fascinating piece; though that tale of dual harp engineering makes my hair hurt... lol.

    Excellent work -- I've listened through this several times with much admiration!

    My best,

    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
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    Re: March - Third Mvt. of Harp Suite

    Wonderful work Leif!

    You've created some terrific harp harmonies here! A very impressive arrangement, and very well paced.

    I'm always fond of Celtic works... yet there's a contemporary feel to this one.

    It'll certainly receive favorable applause during a live performance.

    A Terrific piece!

    ~jeff

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    Re: March - Third Mvt. of Harp Suite

    Leif, this work is really amazing. There are some very nice harmonies, melodies, and just good writing. I hope you are able to get a good recording. Congratulations!

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    Re: March - Third Mvt. of Harp Suite

    Some of the techniques in this have me fascinated -- think I've listened to it over a dozen times, now.

    Leif, I'd greatly enjoy seeing the score for this!

    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
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    Leif -

    I wish I was able to hear your composition as it is performed. These pieces are beautiful; very moving. Well crafted.

    Just wonderfully beautiful, Leif. . . . .

    Good luck with your performance of your music.

    Ted

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    Re: March - Third Mvt. of Harp Suite

    Thanks for the great feedback everyone, it's really nice to hear a response after all the work I put in on the pieces

    David, I'll see what I can do about the score. I haven't done something like that before, but I'd love to be able to share it.

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    Re: March - Third Mvt. of Harp Suite

    Quote Originally Posted by Cobalt Katze
    Thanks for the great feedback everyone, it's really nice to hear a response after all the work I put in on the pieces

    David, I'll see what I can do about the score. I haven't done something like that before, but I'd love to be able to share it.
    Looking forward to it.

    I forget -- do you use Finale for notation?

    Getting it over to PDF is easy enough -- if you need help on that, let me know [PM me, or email me off my www.DavidSosnowski.com contact form].

    Best,

    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
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    Re: March - Third Mvt. of Harp Suite

    Like the other movements, this is very effective. I agree it would be delightful to hear them live - although the GPO realization is very good.

    Very, very nice work.

    Thanks for keeping us in the loop.

    R. Pearl

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