SD1004: Harpo Four - Stephen Dunstone

Sheet Music for Harp
Harpo Four
Stephen Dunstone

Cover imageThirty-eight more pieces for harp with or without pedals - Pretty easy to fairly tricky


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Foreword from Harpo Four

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The pieces in Harpo One, Two and Three get gradually more and more difficult – from book to book and throughout each book: the final piece in Harpo Three (Danny Boy) is full of demisemiquavers and dodecaduplets. Logically, therefore, Harpo Four ought to start just beyond that level and get even more advanced. There are two problems with that: the first, obviously, is that before you’d got very far into the book, the pieces would have to be insanely difficult; the second is that since publishing Harpo Three I’ve written loads of pieces that aren’t insanely difficult, and I wanted to make them available to non-virtuosos (though virtuosos are very welcome to play them too).

The pieces in Harpo Four do increase in complexity, technical difficulty and length, but, as you’ll see, cover a wide range, starting with fairly easy music and advancing steadily. So, hopefully, this book should give you a lot of fulfilment for a long time.

I do give suggestions for fingering, especially for the earlier pieces, or if I think that a particular fingering would develop technique at a particular stage in the book; but I don’t want to be prescriptive, and I also think it’s important to get practice in working out your own, so there are lots of pieces throughout the book where I haven’t suggested anything.

Incidentally, the first piece in the book is Valse Triste. Those of you who’ve already got Harpo Two will realise that there’s a Valse Triste there too. I’m sorry about this: when I wrote this second one I’d completely forgotten that I’d already used the title elsewhere. You may say “Well why don’t you give this one a different title?”, which is a reasonable suggestion, but the thing is that I’ve already published an ensemble called Valse Triste based on this piece, and hundreds of thousands of harpists all over the world (OK, a few harpists here and there) might be puzzled if the related solo piece had a different title. So feel free to cross out the title of the one in Harpo Two and call it anything else you like.

Talking of ensembles, I should say that quite a few of the pieces in Harpo Four also exist in duet or ensemble versions, and I’m gradually publishing more of these. Do get in touch if you’d like details – or go to where you can hear recordings of all my published pieces for multiple harps. (There’s some music for flute and harp there too, which you might fancy if you have a tame flautist or two with whom you like making music…)
Happy playing!



Valse Triste
Roly Poly Pudding
Cradle Song
Wild Goose Chase
Tree Spirit
Dance of the Dormice
Diver Rising
Water Nymph
Petit Four
No Doubt
Dodging the Waves
Little Shop of Ladders
Waltzing by Candlelight
Autumn Mist
The Forest Pool
Mr Pepys' Pavan
Mr Pepys' Pleasure
Tea Dancing
Lopsided Spider
Coffee Dancing
Mixed Messages
Oh Dear, What Can The Matter Be?
Waltz of the Heifers
Desert Wind
My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean
Ants' Nest
Coming Home
Strolling Albert
Troubled Sleep
Skeleton Crew
The Wolves
Running With The Wind
Final Fling

Library Information

Title: Harpo Four
Composer: Stephen Dunstone
Instrumentation: Lever or Pedal Harp
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Format: A4 stapled
Weight: 210gm
ISMN: 979-0-57046-259-9
Our Ref: SD1004
Publisher: Creighton's Collection
Printer/Distributor: Creighton's Collection
Edition/Year: 2018
Origin: UK

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