This may need to be done for lever harp.

Just this part of the second piano sonata by Chopin. I think it needs arranging.

Update: Got the first part done, although some of it involves taking some notes in the other hand, as usual. We’ll see how the second part goes. Unfortunately, some of the flips are far enough down that taking them with the (less busy) right hand is not an option. 😦

Update #2: Chopin experienced a Scott Joplin moment in the middle of the thing and bounced around among a few diminished chords. This will not be simple, and it will not sound as good as I’d like it to without pedals. Wish I had a Dilling/Douglas.

Update #3: Well, I’ve managed to work my way through two diminished chords in succession, and now I need to find out what the next four measures require so that I can get back to the lever configuration I started with. One of the flips is a bit dicey; the others aren’t so bad. Let’s see:

  1. Start with two As set to natural.
  2. Flip to Enat, then flip back.
  3. Flip a Bnat.
  4. Flip another Bnat an octave up.
  5. Get rid of that flip.
  6. Somehow get rid of the other Bnat.
  7. Then we’re back to the initial configuration, and ready to cycle through the first two steps again.

It’s #3 that’s a bit challenging; the others are much less so. I’d truly like to sneak another Bnat an octave lower in there as well, but that’s on a wire string, and the levers scrape and are too hard to flip that low. If I had Camac levers, that might be different, and someday I may try them to see how differently they feel. The Lovelands that I have now feel fine though, as long as I’m not on the wound strings.

At any rate, I’ll have to noodle on that #3 flip and see what’s needed to get it to work. If that’s doable — and #5 and #6 are also possible — then it should be done, and I’ll have another short Romantic-era piece arranged for lever harp! I doubt if anyone else will want it, though. There seems to be a limited audience for pieces that require really tight lever flips, and even compared to the Rachmaninoff with that split-second F flip, this one is tight.


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