MUSIC BOOKS BY HARPER TASCHE
"You can learn a lot about rhythm and texture
by playing these pieces, in addition to the rewards of, well, playing
these pieces. The book is handsomely covered and ring-bound; features
which never make up for shoddy music, but here the binding only does
justice to the contents."
- The Folk Harp Journal, Mitch
Harper Tasche has published music for you, whether you play a lap harp, a folk harp, a small harp, or a cross-strung harp! All of Harper's concert-quality compositions and arrangements are beautifully typeset and printed on heavy opaque paper, jacketed with protective vinyl over-covers, and comb-bound to lie flat.
The "Lap Harp" series is written for a 19/20-string or larger harp (lowest note is G below middle C).
||A Folk Harp Reaching Out|
Lively, vivid, and introspective original pieces modeled on traditional
Irish, Scottish, Welsh and other styles, for 36-string harp (E-flat
tuning and levers required). Selections featured on the CD Further.
Titles: The Dancing Tree, Nostalgia, It's Raining Harps, Phase Oasis,
Neil McNeill's March, Miss Elizabeth Roberts, A Peaceful Place.
||A Lap Harp Standing Tall|
Traditional favorites from Scotland, Cumbria, Ireland, and the Andes, plus two never-before-published Harper Tasche originals. Written completely in treble clef, with no lever movement required within pieces. (*Indicates an adaptation of previously published arrangements.)
Titles:The Mermaid's Song, Carolan's Welcome, *John Peel, *The King of Love, Flora de Santa Cruz, *Ellen Magdalena, Another Double Shot, Phase Oasis.
The "Folk Harp" series is written for a 36-string harp (lowest note is C two octaves below middle C) and contains occasional lever changes.
||A Folk Harp Going Places|
Beautiful, complex, and playful original music for 36-string harp (E-flat tuning and full levers required). Selections featured on the CDs Provenance and The Summoning.
Titles:The Seldom Inn, Sunset Habanera, Amble & Chat, Garden for Two, Best Foot Forward, Silly Bear Waltz.
A suite of six original pieces for 36-string (diatonic) harp and cello,
interwoven with poetry by Kate Ellis. Interconnectedness, spirituality,
health, death, and life are major themes in both the music and the text.
Four movements can be performed by solo harp; cello parts are included for
four movements. The entire Suite is featured on the CD Provenance.
Titles: The soft sighing sound of being, You are all there is,
Featherspirit, An island apart, The space between heartbeats, Spirit will
always hold us.
Harp Getting Around|
Solos arranged with no lever changes for 36-string harp, from the CDs
Powers That Be and Depth of Field. Includes pieces from Franz Schubert and
Turlough O'Carolan, medieval Spain, the Scottish Highlands, and new music
by Harper Tasche.
Titles: Dancing with Franz, Rosa das Rosas, Lady Dillon (in two
keys), The Summer Country, October's Rose, The Surge of the Sea.
The "Small Harp" series is written for a 26-string or larger harp (lowest
note is C below middle C) and requires no lever changes.
Small Harp Finding Beauty
Traditional favorites from Albania, Greece, Cumbria, Norway, and Ireland, plus music by Johannes Brahms and Harper Tasche, in beautiful easy-intermediate arrangements. Selections featured on the CDs
and The Summoning.
Titles: John Peel, On Sunday, Zalongo, Paul and His Chickens, The King of Love, The Maid From the Mountains, Solitude Day, Bonnie Portmore.
Small Harp Taking It Easy
Beautiful tunes from Norway, Poland, the Isle of Man, Scotland,
Ireland, and America, in arrangements which are interesting and
intelligent but not technically demanding. All are featured on the CD Keepsake.
Titles: Little Red Bird, River Visua, Sweet Afton, Arran Boat Song,
Beach Spring, The Willow Flute, Sally Gardens, Norwegian Lullaby.
Small Harp Visiting Friends
Previously unpublished favorites from the CDs The Summoning, Dichotomy
Café, Bringing It Home, and Open to the North.
Titles: Dance of Time, Holy Manna, Mazurka Michel, An Giolla Ruadh,
Enymin's Journey, Behind the Embers, Unknown Quantity.
Small Harp Speaking Dreams
Four original pieces and a new arrangement of a traditional favorite, with a feature-length article for each.
NOTE: This book is now available as individual selections (each with article and music) as downloadable PDF files. To order, click here and specify which titles you would like from the list below. Your order will be confirmed via email, and the PDFs will be emailed to you upon receipt of $3.75 per title either via electronic payment (send direct funds via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org) or receipt of your check or money order.
Titles: After Askadalen, An Indefinite Road (from Open to the North), Spinning Star (from Bringing It Home), The Ash Grove, and Mark's Farewell to Whidbey, (voice and harp).
Small Harp Keeping Warm
Rhythmic, classical, traditional and original selections from the CD Bringing It
Titles: Heading Home, The Call, Magnus Dancing, Just You (two
versions), Skua, Mountain Ash.
Small Harp Watching Stars
Introspective and lyrical original favorites from the CD Open to the
Titles: All the Octobers, Ellen Magdalena, Forest Carol, Michael's
Crossing, The King Stag, Sahzhatem, Orion's Waltz, Berceuse
The "Cross-Strung Harp" series of materials is written for various sizes of instruments (see individual titles for specific ranges). These harps have no levers, but accidentals are included.
Play The Cross-Strung Harp
An illustrated introduction to cross-strung technique, fully fingered
exercises in 26 keys, chromatic and whole-tone scales and chords,
suggestions for repertoire, and additional resources. Also includes fully
fingered performance-quality music in 13 key signatures. (Now also
available in Japanese, click here to inquire.)
Titles: Preludio (J. S. Bach), Merch Megan, Tuoll' on mun kultani,
The Athole Highlanders, Beach Spring, Pal pĺ haugen, Pala Magla,
Elsbetsschottis, Trio (J. S. Bach), Prelude (Frédéric Chopin), Sichelein
Rauschen, The Dark Woman of the Mountains, Tryggare kan ingen vara.