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Fantasy for Harp and Chamber Orchestra

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Fantasy for Harp and Chamber Orchestra – Full Score and Parts
Fantasy for Harp and Chamber Orchestra – Piano and Harp Version
Price: PDF Only – Full score $30.00 US Currency. Harp part $10.00 US Currency. Each orchestral part $5.00 US Currency. Only necessary to purchase one copy each of the orchestral parts..
Price: $20.00 plus P&H and MD Sales Tax when applicable. Two copies are needed for performance – one each for harpist and pianist.
Year of Publication: 2010
Year of Publication: 2010
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A Description of Fantasy for Harp and Chamber Orchestra

Fantasy for Harp and Chamber Orchestra, composed by Barbra Bailey Bradley, is a three movement work for either lever or pedal harp to be performed with an ensemble. It can be performed with a woodwind and string quintet combination or a chamber orchestra. The orchestra parts are also available as a piano reduction. The original one movement version was premiered on the 2008 Annual Concert of the Washington Area Folk Harp Society; and was later performed at the 2008 Somerset on the Potomac Festival. The three movement version was premiered at the 2010 Harp Strings for The Childrens Inn at NIH Benefit Concert.

First Movement – Energetico

Two themes alternate between orchestra and solo harp, the harp having an “a piacere” style against the orchestra’s more straight-forward approach. In the opening, as the orchestra introduces the first theme, the harp accompanies with arpeggiated figures and scales. The harp then takes that theme as a solo. A chorale follows, played by the orchestra. After a short cadenza, the harp plays rolled chords as the orchestra introduces the second theme. The harp repeats the second theme as a solo and the orchestra then plays both themes at the same time. The harp completes the first theme in the “a piacere” style, recaps the beginning of the piece, and brings the orchestra back in for the finale. The first movement is just under six minutes.

Second Movement – Cantabile

The second movement opens with a rolled chord accompaniment in the harp part and a chorale-like A theme in the orchestra. The harp then plays a solo version of the theme, followed by a transition section begun by the orchestra with harp harmonics added later as the music modulates into the B theme. The solo harp introduces the second theme in its entirety, followed by an orchestral version with the theme travelling through the instruments. A short harp cadenza returns the music to its original key, whereupon the orchestra plays both themes simultaneously. The movement concludes with a coda-like section that incorporates harp and orchestra. The second movement is about eight minutes.

Third Movement – Scherzando

The third and final movement of the Fantasy is a playful and energetic dance, with musical conversations going through the strings, winds, and harp. After the introduction passes back and forth from the orchestra to the harp, fragments of the A theme travel through the instruments before the harp takes over and plays the theme in its entirety. An abrupt modulation to the parallel minor key finds the orchestra and the harp alternating sections of the B theme. After briefly returning to the A theme, using orchestra and harp, all the instruments present the B theme in the major key for a rollicking conclusion. The third movement is slightly over four minutes.

Fantasy for Harp – Full Score and Parts – is only available in PDF format. Full score $30.00 US Currency. Harp part $10.00 US Currency. Each orchestral part $5.00 US Currency. Only necessary to purchase one copy each of the orchestral parts.

Fantasy for Harp – Piano and Harp Version – sells for $20.00 plus P&H and MD Sales Tax when applicable. Two copies are needed for performance – one each for harpist and pianist.

Sample from Fantasy for Harp and Chamber Orchestra – Full Score and Parts:

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Sample from Fantasy for Harp and Chamber Orchestra – Piano and Harp Version:

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  • Maryland, DC, Virginia

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  • touring / teaching (harp & piano) / workshops / adjudicating music festivals
  • performing at: weddings, receptions, teas, luncheons, dinners, open houses, funerals,  memorials, outdoor events, holiday functions and much more!