I found a great website that presents most harp notations, including percussion, nails, muffles and pedal effects. It has videos of most of the effects too. It has some discussion of how easy it is to do certain things, e.g. two harmonics played by one hand is easiest when they're at most a couple notes apart and with the pedals using the same accidental.
If anyone is interested, I have a recording of me playing the above song (by Henriette Renie) on the harp. It's not a very good recording, nor very good playing (this is from over a year ago), but here it is: https://soundcloud.com/lmweinreich/grandmere-raconte-une-histoire
With reference to the score for "Fantasia" for Harp in C Minor (Opus 35)
(http://musescore.com/mike_magatagan/fantasia-for-harp-opus-35#). I transcribed this directly from the original manuscript so I kept all the original pedal markings. As you will see on the transcription, there are pedal markings. Ab, C#, etc... There is one in particular that has really got me confused. There is repeated use of the "H♮" (e.g., see measure 54). How can this be? What is it for? Thanks!
I have just created a group to compile a songbook of songs from Musescore (See group description for more detail, here's the link: http://musescore.com/groups/ultimate_songbook_of_musescore. We need all the people we can get to join, as it 30+ people to really kick start the path to publishing the song book, so it would be great for everybody to join!
Thanks in advance!
What/or is there a general rule when writing/arranging for Harp regarding accidentals? Specifically when encountering a half-step outside the key of the piece (e.g., 'C' followed immediately by 'C#'. In this case, should the 'C#' be written as 'D♭'?). Are there some general rules I can follow to make it playable for the harpist? Thanks!
I'm not a harp player; I simply like the way many of the arranged pieces sound with the MuseScore Harp soundfont (I mean the one called "GeneralUser GS.sf2" Soundfont by S. Christian Collins Software from http://www.schristiancollins.com/generaluser.php and not the native MuseScore SoundFont wich soulds rather "Toy-Like").
I do understand that only 4 fingers on each hand are available for a given chord so I have been careful in my arrangements to preserve that restriction. I do not however have a good grasp (pardon the pun) on the manual reach available at any given measure. I know verry little else about this beautiful instrument and would appreciate any guidance harpist to ensure that my arrangements are playable and still retain their musical character.