The harpe chromatique, invented in 1894 by Pleyel’s director, Gustave Lyon, was a cross-string harp designed without need for foot pedals. It has always astonished me it isn’t better known. The pastel transparency of the writing both for harp and for strings suggests that in this sweet and stately piece Debussy wished to evoke the associations of the harp with the Classical world, especially that of ancient Greece, in the spirit perhaps of his friend Erik Satie’s Gymnopédies for piano, which he much admired, and of his own Chansons de Bilitis. To some extent this is also Mozart’s approach—especially in the patterns of five and ten notes that occur in all three movements (harpists are generally more comfortable with four-note and eight-note patterns)—but there are many places in the concerto where it is clear that the distinctive timbre and sonority of the harp was very much in his mind. The formal development section is quite brief, leading to a full recapitulation, withspace for a cadenza, and a coda. It was commissioned in 1904 for a competition at the Brussels Conservatoire sponsored by the firm of Pleyel, though the first public performance was given by Madame L. Wurmser-Delcourt at a Colonne concert in Paris on 6 November 1904. The standard harp, with its 46 strings and range of six and a half octaves, cannot play all possible half step intervals without relying on seven pedals which can be raised or lowered. Liberamente capriccioso-Vivace 04. The harpe chromatique, invented in 1894 by Pleyel’s director, Gustave Lyon, was a cross-string harp designed without need for foot pedals. The waltz tempo gives it rhythmic stability, but here the interplay between harp and strings is much more capricious than in Danse sacrée. The harp is the ultimate romantic icon: the instrument of angels, and of Cupid, the god of love. Debussy's Harp. Be that as it may, it took European composers a long time to make good use of its wealth of expressive resources. Show More. The site is also available in several languages. Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first. Nevertheless traces of the ‘A’ section are to be heard in sections C and D, so the music seems in any case to honour the rondo principle of recurrence. The first dance, shrouded in solemn mystery,  dissolves into the gently lilting second dance, a waltz with its echoes of the Gymnopédies of Erik Satie. His early works show the colourful Russian cosmopolitan style, imbued with the accents of Russian folk music but treated with considerable orchestral sophistication, that he had learned from his teachers, and he did not modify his idiom much throughout his long life—certainly not with the transition of Tsarist Russia to the Communist USSR. Pleyel’s harp had two intersecting rows of strings, providing a string for each chromatic note. Enjoy Mozart’s incredibly beautiful Flute and Harp Concerto and Beethoven’s bouncy and unexpected “Music for a Ballet on Horseback” paired with the French impressionist Debussy. Finest of all are the two Debussy pieces, which Jones floats aloft on warm musical breezes, relishing their rippling iridescence with alluring subtlety. 'Mozart's Flute and Harp Concerto is here given an unusually lively performance with Paul Watkins and the ECO … very well recorded to bring out the crispness of ensemble … the result is tuneful and passionate in the extended first movement, easily lyrical in the second. See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. Ravel and both Debussy works recorded and supported by the University of New South Wales. All Rights Reserved. Her latest album, Claire Jones: Harp Concertos (4 Stars) is recommended to all harp fans and to lovers of good tunes. I hope Claire Jone’s excellent performance, with the English Chamber Orchestra under Paul Watkins, will bring its many merits to the attention of a wider audience' (Daily Mail). Debussy’s lyrical symphonic poem Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun strikes an entirely different tone. If you’re a genius like Mozart (and Mozart literally was), you take the most relaxing instruments – the flute and the harp – and bring them together in one relaxing concerto movement. 2007 Preview SONG TIME Mozart /concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra / Allegro. We may add the bardic traditions of using it as an accompaniment to folk ballad of epic poem. 10:02 PREVIEW Andantino. Since 1993 Harp Column magazine has been bringing you “practical news for practical harpists.” Now we’re excited to bring you online learning through Harp Column Academy, as well as instant harp sheet music downloads through Harp … Claire has performed for members of the Royal Family on more then 70 occasions and has recently performed a brand new Royal Commission by Patrick Hawes at Highgrove House with the Philharmonia Orchestra. 35 - Parish-Alvars: Concerto … The Anadante second movement, begun by a brooding, low-lying passage in the strings, is cast as a theme and variations, the rather plaintive theme being simply announced by the harp. The double-action harp in normal use, with its 47 strings, can only sound all the 81 chromatic notes of its compass of six and a half octaves by means of a complicated system of seven pedals that gave each string the possibility of sounding three different notes (its basic note, or the semitone or the whole tone above). Harp Concerto: I. Allegro giusto 02. A passionate teacher, Mr. Judd has maintained a private violin studio in the Richmond area since 2002 and has been active coaching chamber music and numerous youth orchestra sectionals. The music of this dance dies away in a repeated falling fourth, D-A, which then becomes the underpinning bass of the second movement, Danse profane, which is a kind of fantasy-waltz in D major. Scored for a comparatively small orchestra, the Harp Concerto could easily be performed by a chamber orchestra, which enhances its quality of charm and intimacy. She is joined by renowned flautist William Bennet OBE, and the English Chamber Orchestra to complete the release with Mozart’s Concerto for flute, harp and Orchestra and Debussy’s Danses pour Harpe … The second, from his well-loved Flute and Harp Concerto … But four months later, he was complaining that he still hadn’t been paid for the work! As the movement progresses the soloists sometimes play with the orchestra, and sometimes form an unaccompanied duo while the orchestra is silent. Music for a Perfect Day. Danse Sacrée", "Danse … What remains is Debussy’s shimmering and exotic Danse sacrée et danse profane for harp and string orchestra. The standard harp… The harp was a favourite instrument of the French Impressionist composers, undoubtedly because of its the ability to dissolve music in glissandi and arpeggios, ability to play crystalline passages of harmonics, and general associations of antiquity. Click each cover for more information. About Us; Chandos Records is one of the world's premier classical music record companies, best known for its ground breaking search for … The first of the movements, Danse sacrée, is in D minor, poised and gracious, with a hint of ritual, the harp writing almost entirely in chords as it unfolds a chaste, modally-inflected and rhythmically flexible line. Emma Debussy (Emma Bardac) Composer Time Period Comp. In 1904, Pleyel, the Parisian instrument manufacturing company, commissioned Claude Debussy to write a piece showcasing what they hoped to be a revolutionary new kind of harp. composed harp concerto as he was driven there for a 2 1/2 hour rehearsal. His idea was to adapt the principle of piano stringing to the harp, providing the player with a string for each note, in two crossed rows, and dispense with pedals entirely. The exquisite slow movement, an Andantino in F major, is enriched in texture by the fact that the violas are divided throughout. In 1904, Pleyel, the Parisian instrument manufacturing company, commissioned Claude Debussy to write a piece showcasing what they hoped to be a revolutionary new kind of harp. It was only in the late 18th century that it began to be used in a more widespread way as a concert soloist, either on itsown or with other instruments. Ginastera's choice of concerto instruments was mainly conventional; he wrote one concerto for violin and two each for piano and cello.Yet the fact that he also produced a concerto for harp shouldn't seem … the Prince of Wales, Claire Jones. The pieces included in this CD showcase the tonal richness and versatility of the harp. The piece concludes with a spirited, good-humored jab. Written in the in early 20th century they were foundational in establishing the harp … This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. By April, when this concerto was apparently written, he had moved to Paris, and the unusual combination of solo instruments was determined by the fact that it was a commission from the Comte de Guines, Adrien-Louis Bonnières de Souastre, a former French envoy to England, who was a keen amateur flautist. Concerto for Harp and Small Orchestra, H. 123 (1916/1919) John Thomas Two harp concertos, including the Concerto in E flat, the only work by a Welsh composer to be performed (1852) during the first … In addition to performing and teaching, Timothy Judd is the author of the popular classical music appreciation blog, The Listeners’ Club…. There is in fact little in its idiom to tell the listener in which century it was composed, and virtually nothing that couldn’t have been written 50 years before its actual date. Great Performances - Boulez Conducts Debussy Alice Chalifoux, Cleveland Orchestra, Gervase De Peyer, Philharmonia Orchestra & Pierre Boulez Reinecke: Harp Concerto Op. Photograph: “Interior with Harp” by French Impressionist painter, Henri Lebasque (1865-1937). 39 in E-flat Major: Majestic and Celebratory, Tchaikovsky's "Hymn of the Cherubim": A Celestial Meditation, "Siegfried's Death and Funeral March": Klaus Tennstedt and the LPO, Live in 1988. It winningly combines Mozart’s evergreen Flute And Harp Concerto with the veteran flautist William Bennett, Debussy’s Danse Sacree and Danse Profance, and Gliere’s Harp Concerto. The way that the themes and dynamics ebb and flow may remind us of Debussy’s La Mer, on which he was at work when he wrote the Danses. All these features are summed up in Claude Debussy’s Danses pour Harpe et Orchestre à Cordes, which has become one of the most familiar orchestral works in the harpist’s repertoire. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Glière, Debussy, Mozart: Harp Concertos - Claire Jones on AllMusic - 2010 - Claire Jones is the official harpist to Prince… the Prince of Wales, Claire Jones. Osian Gwynn Ellis CBE (8 February 1928 – 6 January 2021) was a Welsh harpist, composer and teacher.He was principal harpist of the London Symphony Orchestra, a founding member of the Melos Ensemble, and a harp … Enter your email address to subscribe to The Listeners' Club and receive notifications of new posts by email. At 1:12 listen to the striking blur of color that emerges from this unique combination of instruments. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, studying with world renowned Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa. The first is a full-scale, rather dreamy sonata-form movement with a highly melodic second subject that has been compared with Rachmaninov for sweeping lyricism. Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults. Tracklist ----- 01. As a result players quickly returned to the standard double-action harp, and it is on this instrument that Debussy’s Danses has nearly always been played. Mozart Concerto for Flute & Harp. Formally the work is almost a textbook example of an early Mozart concerto. While keeping himself out of the political limelight, Glière managed to prosper under the new regime, for whom his brand of colourful nationalism, romantic aspiration and classical form was pretty well the officially-approved idiom. A New Harp Concerto Boston's Ann Hobson Pilot and Kevin Kaska add to the repertoire by Joyce Rice. Now, it is most often performed on a standard harp, or as a reduction for two pianos made by the composer. Stream songs including "Danse Sacrée et Danse Profane, L. 103: I. She is also featured on a new release with the National Youth Choir of Scotland, performing Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols. Following Pleyel’s Debussy commission, the competing Érard Company approached Maurice Ravel in 1905 for a piece showcasing its double-action pedal harp. This second dance is ‘profane’ in the sense of a love of nature and earthly existence, and rises to a surprisingly passionate climax before the quiet close. The son of public school music educators, Timothy Judd began violin lessons at the age of four through Eastman’s Community Education Division. In French, the word “profane” comes with earthly, sensuous connotations in contrast to the English meaning. He told a friend that it was the result of “eight days of dogged work and three sleepless nights.” The opening of the piece may remind you of Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (especially around the 0:30 mark). Period: Romantic: Piece Style Romantic: Instrumentation flute, viola, harp External Links Centre de documentation Claude Debussy Wikipedia … At the same time, we float through the hazy, colorful dreamscape of Debussy’s parallel harmony. A New Baroque. It was composed very soon after the two Flute Concertos K 313 and 314 and the Andante in C major, K 315, which all date from about January or February 1778 and were written while Mozart was in Mannheim. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Worst of all, it could only play glissandos—the harpist’s stock-in-trade—in one key, C major. He later taught in Moscow and Kiev, researched Azerbaijan, Uzbek and Ukrainian folksong and finally settled in Moscow in 1920. Lyon’s harp aimed to do away with this cumbrous technique. We’ll finish with the rhythmic and percussion-filled Harp Concerto … The form is an almost symmetrical seven-section one, A-B-C-D-C-B-A, with a cadenza before the final appearance of A, so that it is more like an arch-form that unwinds from its mid-point. 1. There are six variations, some of them calling for considerable bravura from the soloist. For some soft, ... Mozart: Concerto for Flute and Harp, second movement. 2. Price New from Used from ... 4.0 out of 5 stars The first harp concertos … A native of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin section since 2001. In 1907 Debussy wrote to Manuel de Falla, who was going to play a piano version of the Danses in Madrid, that in interpreting them ‘the best thing, I think, is to be guided by how youfeel… The colour of the two dances seems to me to be clearly defined. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Harp Concerto: II. Harp technique was not very far advanced in the late eighteenth century, and the instrument was often treated as a sort of plucked piano. GLIERE / DEBUSSY / MOZART (Artist) Format: Audio CD. According to the French musicologist Emile Vuillermoz, the harp—whose history can be traced back to ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia—has always preserved ‘the most lofty patrician traditions of priestly ritual, of nobility and elegance’. The small orchestral forces (there are just two oboes, two horns, and strings) the concerto is well suited for the intimacy of salon performance. If … Following a cadenza, the piece concludes with a coda filled with sparkling innocence, playfulness, and joy. Technical wizards John West and … Quietude. The harpe chromatique didn’t catch on, partly because of its weight and reduced resonance, and by 1930 production ceased. Gatti, the orchestra, harpist Ann Hobson Pilot and pianist Evgeny Kissin rehearsed for two more hours in New York on Thursday. © 2021 The Listeners' Club. The finale relies on themes with a folk flavour, culminating in an excitingly brisk coda … splendidly celebrating the artistry of Claire Jones' (Gramophone), 'Few artists have been more active in the recording studios in the past year than Claire Jones, the official harpist to Princes Charles. Introduction and Allegro for Harp Flute Clarinet and String Quartet, Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in F Major: Delightfully Deceptive, Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in B Major, BWV 868, Diego Ares, “Der Rosenkavalier,” Renée Fleming, and the Passing of Time, Stravinsky Meets Tchaikovsky: Reimagining “The Sleeping Beauty”, Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings: Music from the Heart, Mozart's Symphony No. Music of Hovhaness ... Sky Music. The Gliere Harp Concerto has always been a favorite among harp enthusiasts; written in the 1930s, the work’s stylistic features are reminiscent of the Viennese classical style united with Russian romantic nationalism. 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 ratings. There’s something to be got out of the passage between the “gravity” ofthe first one and the “grace” of the second…’. In addition, it is an instrument that can adapt itself to a multitude of musical situations—to state a melody, to thread its way through passages of polyphony, to become a harmonic accompaniment, and even to rival keyboard instruments on the level of virtuosity. Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. The finale is a cheerful and carefree rondo, its main tune almost Mozartian in cut and rhythm, but with plentiful displays of Russian folk-colouring in the intervening episodes. 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