Click on the blue boldfaced title of each piece to be taken directly to the sheet music in PDF format.
And if you learn any of them, please let me know! I’d be happy to link to you if you put a video up on YouTube or Vimeo. 🙂
- Vaga Luna (Vincenzo Bellini, arr. by me)
- [ YouTube ] — Pavarotti and James Levine
- A really pretty piece, not that hard. Take the lever flips in measures 11 and 13 with your right hand; they’re at the part of the neck that dips down next to your cheek, so you can get them with your right hand.
- In the Bleak Midwinter (by G. Holst, arr. by me)
- [ YouTube ] — Tine Thing Helseth
- There are a few places in this where the stems aren’t facing the way you’d expect; these are indications of where you might want to use the other hand to take a few notes. In measure 21, you’ll want to muffle that C# when you play the D; you don’t want them to ring over one another. (You can find a version without a lever flip here if you’re really dead-set against it.)
- Zdes’ Khorosho (Sergei Rachmaninoff, arr. by me)
- [ YouTube ] — TTH again
- This is such a beautiful piece of music, originally for voice and piano. The lever flip in measure 9 is sticky, but the best way to take it is to get your hand on it and ready before you play it, and then get your eyes on the low F# and play the F#m arpeggio that follows in the left hand with whichever fingers work best. For me, that’s 2-1 in the left hand, followed by 2 in the right, then 2-1 in the left. Taking that second F# in the right hand allows me to aim for the low F# with the left index finger, making the rapid flip-and-grab possible. In general, never forget that on the harp, you can reach a lot of strings with either hand. This can make a lot of things doable that might not seem so at first glance.
- Theme from Piano Sonata #2, Op. 35 (F. Chopin, arr. by me)
- [ YouTube ] — Li Yundi
- There are two Anat levers that you can set at the start of the piece and leave, one Enat flip that you’ll have to take that isn’t hard, and two Bnat flips that need to be done and undone. If you do this, you will have to practice those flips, although they aren’t particularly nasty and are easier if you take some LH notes with the right hand. Still, it works out nicely, if with some small deviations from Chopin’s modulations — two diminisheds that remain as an FM7, but it’s not awful. The original is in five flats, but I bumped it up a whole step to three flats. BTW, the left hand is at risk of buzzing for most of this, so care must be taken. (Sorry for the Xs, by the way. I’m on a new laptop and am missing the font I used to make the diamonds.)
- O, Mio Babbino Caro (G. Puccini, arr. by me)
- [ YouTube ] — Kiri Te Kanawa
- There are actually no lever flips in this. That’s part of what had gotten me to pay attention to it, because while I was watching this video, it occurred to me that I wasn’t hearing any accidentals at all. My version is in A Major, better suited for lever harp without retuning. It’s not that bad — a few sticky stretches in the the left hand, but nothing that can’t be dealt with.
- Dove sei, amato bene? (G. F. Haendel, arr. by me)
- [ YouTube ] — Andreas Scholl
- My favorite aria of all time, and possibly my favorite anything of all time. Favorite dessert, favorite socks, favorite anything at all. I wasn’t able to do the B theme since it’s very chromatic, but I did get the A theme down very nicely. There is a very, very sticky lever flip indeed in it in measure 16, though. Between the reach down with the right hand to get the middle F and the harmonics in the left hand, there’s a lot going on in that one little measure. In fact, there are more than a few places in this where one could take advantage of the ability of the hands to “pinch hit” for one another. (I’m pushing my ability level in this one, so it’s harder than the others that I’ve done.)