It’s the birthday of Edvard Grieg (1842-1907), who composed “Wedding Day at Troldhaugen” in 1896, the year he and his wife celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Originally composed for piano, it’s played here by the Chicago Harp Quartet.
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) composed this Prelude in C Major for piano and later transcribed it for harp. It’s played here by Alexander Boldachev.
In honor of the birthday of Erik Satie, here is an arrangement for flute and harp of his Gymnopedie No. 1.
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) composed his oratorio Solomon in 1748, and the sinfonia that introduces the third act, “The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba,” turned out to be one of his greatest hits. Originally scored for oboes and strings, the piece has been adapted to any number of instruments and combinations of instruments, including even some instruments that did not exist in the eighteenth century when the piece was composed. I especially like this version for solo harp (an instrument that has been with us since Biblical times).