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Selections from Harp-Felt
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Year of Publication: 2007
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A Description of Selections from Harp-Felt
Although listed as a book for lever harp, the music can also be performed on pedal harp.
Selections from Harp-Felt includes Simple Gifts, A Medley of Carols, Swing Low / Steal Away Medley, Greensleeves, Variations on the Cherry Tree Carol , A Medley for Sue, and Sonata for Harp, 2006 [Joy, Peace, Exuberence.]
Simple Gifts is a traditional tune from the eastern United States. Barbra set it originally for one of her harp students, and then expanded it for the recording and the book.
A Medley of Carols was originally written as an ensemble piece for the Heatherwood Harp Ensemble’s 2005 holiday performing season. The solo version was created as a way of making it a more versatile performing piece. The three carols – Past Three A’Clock, The Holly and the Ivy, and The Sans Day Carol – are well known carols [in England] from the English tradition. Barbra had been familiar with The Holly and the Ivy from her childhood years in Canada, but first heard and fell in love with Past Three A’Clock and The Sans Day Carol when she spent a memorable Christmas with her relatives in Nottingham. Even today, the carols bring back wonderful memories.
Swing Low/Steal Away Medley is an arrangement of two traditional spirituals. It was set first as an ensemble piece, and premiered in that genre by the Finale Ensemble at the 2006 Annual Benefit Concert of the Washington Area Folk Harp Society. The solo version was created as a way of making it a more versatile performing piece. The music has a soothing quality to it.
Variations on the Cherry Tree Carol is a theme and ten variations on a carol from the old English. tradition. Barbra heard it first on a childhood trip to Toronto – sung by a church choir – and decided to set it in the variation style as a way of performing it on the harp. It has always been one of her favourite carols.
A Medley for Sue was originally written as an ensemble piece for Sue Richards’ Unsemble to perform at the 2006 Annual Benefit Concert of the Washington Area Folk Harp Society. The solo version was created as a way of making it a more versatile performing piece. It is a medley of two traditional tunes – A Man’s a Man and The Old Foreign Hag.
Sonata for Harp, 2006, is an original composition for harp by Barbra Bailey Bradley, and has three movements – Joy, Peace, and .Exuberance. Each movement reflects a different mood, and all three movements are inspired by the style of the Classic period. The sonata, in the Classic Period, was a piece of music for a solo instrument to play, and the word has its derivation in the Italian verb, sonare [to sound.]
Joy is written in Sonata Form, with an Exposition, Development, and Recapitulation. The Development is in the minor mode, while the rest of the piece is in the Major mode. It displays a happy lyricism.
Peace is more of a Song Form, and is repeated in its entirety. It is a contrast in mood to the feeling of Joy, and. evokes a feeling of contentment.
Exuberance is a Slip Jig, written in a loose Sonata Form, with the Development in the key of the Dominant. It is the most exciting of the three in mood.
Trio versions of Simple Gifts, A Medley of Carols, Swing Low/Steal Away Medley, Greensleeves, and A Medley for Sue are found in Barbra’s book, Harpists Three.
Selections from Harp-Felt sells for $16.00 plus P&H and MD Sales Tax when applicable.
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