Happy birthday, Edvard

June 15, 2019

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.


Happy birthday, Sergei

April 23, 2019

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.


Sunday musical offering

February 24, 2019


Sunday musical offering

November 12, 2017


Happy birthday, Erik

May 17, 2017

In honor of the birthday of Erik Satie, here is an arrangement for flute and harp of his Gymnopedie No. 1.


Happy birthday, Johann

March 21, 2017


Happy birthday, George

February 23, 2017

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). 


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