SD1044: Wind Harp

Wind Harp
Stephen Dunstone

Cover imageWind Harp
For - Intermediate 4-part harp ensemble
with optional Easy Harp 5 Part

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About this work & Performance Notes

Wind Harp
Intermediate 4-part harp ensemble with optional Easy Harp 5 Part
Supplied Score, Harp parts 1 - 5 and All Motifs & Melodies


This piece is one long, steady, massive crescendo from start to finish, from almost inaudibly quiet to very, very loud. It starts with everyone playing the same motif, then subtle differences and complexities creep in verse by verse as the volume increases. Three melodies (also of increasing complexity) emerge out of the texture and eventually interweave, like advanced life forms emerging from some primordial soup and interacting. Well that's one way of looking at it... The title has nothing to do with this."Wind Harp" refers to the fact that the piece is in the Aeolian mode and starts like the sound of whispering wind (an Aeolian Harp being one that is played by the wind). The piece can be very striking visually, too, and to that end it's very important that Motifs 1, 2 and 3 are all fingered in exactly the same way throughout any verse in which they appear.

See "All Motifs & Melodies" supplied with the score and parts

This means that for the first three verses, although the sounds are subtly changing, there is synchronized precision in the fast and fluid hand movements of all players. This is very effective.

Library Information

Title: Wind Harp
Composer: Stephen Dunstone
Instrumentation: 4 Lever or Pedal Harps
with optional easy Harp 5 part
Level: Intermediate
Format: A4 stapled score and set of 5 A4 parts
+ Additional Motifs & Melodies
Weight: 195gm
ISMN: 979-0-57046-282-7
Our Ref: SD1044
Publisher: Creighton's Collection
Printer/Distributor: Creighton's Collection
Edition/Year: 2018
Origin: UK

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