I fully admit —

— that I’m disheartened by whatever’s going on with my hands, and I’ve been writing chords in on my score of “Rodelinda” to keep working on music. Some time ago, I finished a project whereby I took four Senesino arias from that opera, transcribed their intros, and then worked them up into three different verions in styles like jazz, ragtime, swing, tango, gospel rock, late Romantic, etc. It was a lot of fun, and I think it turned out great.

And I sort of mulled the idea in the back of my head of doing the same thing with the whole damned opera, from the first note to the last, including all recitativi. So I started writing in the chords, and even just that is fun.

I won’t stop with the harp by any means, but … it’s just been a bit of a black cloud. 😦 And I want to do something that’s just weird and self-contained, and that will satisfy no one but me. I mean, no one else on the planet is going to care about anything this strange except me, so it’ll be a nice way to have some private fun. 🙂

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“O Mio Babbino Caro”

Delighted to learn after a little poking around that this is doable on a lever harp. 🙂 The “Vocalise” broke my heart, but this one will help repair it:

O Mio Babbino Caro

And here is my personal fave of it, by Kiri Te Kanawa. Bell-clear.

Update: Finished a simple version of it. I’m sure it’ll get complicated as time goes on, but for now I just want to get it down and comfortable.

I’m also pleased that I’m finding myself able to get “La Source” to sound decent on the piano voice now, as opposed to sounding like someone filled the piano with giant ball bearings and then shook it. It’s actually sounding good — or at least indicating that it can sound good consistently with work on the piano. Very pleased!