Tarting up Rachmaninoff

He’s not the kind of person you’d associate with barfly-red lipstick and false eyelashes, but I had to fancy up my version of “Zdes’ Khorosho.” I don’t think I overdid it only because my technique wouldn’t allow me to go too far.

So now, I’m trying to connect a bit more with “Vocalise,” which is pretty but can start to feel like it’s wandering after a while. He’s also got one called “Do You Remember This Evening?” that’s very nice, but I can’t track down the sheet music for it. I know his stuff is right on the edge of what’s PD and what’s not, so it might not be PD.

I figure if I can do “Zdes’ Khorosho,” the “Vocalise,” and three more songs for voice and piano, I will have a nice little collection that may be suitable for publication, although I want to make sure that it’s got all the information in it that a harpist is expecting to find: pedaling notes if needed, notes about how to play the harmonics (where written, even if doing that turns sheet music into tab and hence is philosophically offensive to me), and anything else that a typical harpist expects to see in their sheet music. I’m so glad my teacher agreed to keep me on as a student, because I definitely need the discipline of preparing things for someone on a deadline, and I absolutely need her expertise on how to get a publication out into the world.


The Vocalise!

Jeez, I should have figured that one first — the Vocalise! There’ll be a way to work that one out. 🙂

Seems to be in four sharps. I’ll see if it works out better to drop it a half-step and put it in three flats. There seem to be more sharp accidentals in it than otherwise, and it probably won’t be doable in the original key.

Also, I’m finding that I’m getting tired of getting yelled at by baritones and even tenors. In an artistic sense, there is a lot to be said for singing quietly.


Invariably, the piece I like the best so far is the one I can’t find sheet music for at IMSLP, and with Rachmaninoff, you really do want the music. Oy. Oh, well. Of course, I need to see if I need to mess with these to make them work, but we’ll see how that goes.

So far, I’m pleased with “Do you remember the evening?” and “My child, your beauty is that of a flower.” (Op. 8, No.2)

“I fell in love, to my sorrow.” (Op. 8, No. 4)

Done the piano project, ordered the Rachmaninoff CDs

I still have to typeset the Haendel project, but the music is done at least. And the Rach songs for voice and piano are on their way. Now, I listen to them, decide which ones catch my ear, and start the process of setting them up for lever harp.

I think I’d like to offer these up for sale and see what happens. The first one was free, and it’ll be neat to publish.

Been a better couple of days

Although I will still feel better when I get the Haendel project out of the way. I need to finally buy those Rachmaninoff CDs and at least have them on the way.

And I need to knuckle down and just start ruminating on the last of the Haendel arrangements. I haven’t even picked a genre yet.