The Girl from Ipanema, C. Jobim, arr. Spezeski & Fedson
Another great piece for teaching rhythm, and great crowd pleaser, is Girl From Ipanema for pedal harp quartet in the key of F. Each part is two pages long, and harp parts 1, 2 & 4 include quarter note triplets and are of equal difficulty. Part 3 is only whole notes, and playable by a beginning harpist. Any of these parts could be played on a petite pedal harp; with strings tuned to Gb and Cb, Part 3 can be played on a 36-string lever harp (troubadour or equivalent).
INTERMEDIATE PEDAL HARP
Waltz and Russian Theme from Serenade in C, Op. 48, P. Tchaikovsky, arr. Fedson
Each movement, the Waltz and the Russian Theme, may be played independently; each is in the key of G major. The harp part is playable on a 44 string pedal harp and is intermediate level. The C instrument melody part is intermediate to advanced and playable on violin, flute, or oboe. Each melody part is two pages long; the harp part includes the score. The Waltz is six pages, and the Russian Theme five pages. This arrangement was inspired by a request for "Tchaikovsky's Serenade in C" for a wedding, and upon listening to the entire Serenade; I felt that these movements would work for harp. Since most violinists seem to know this piece, I wanted the harp part to be accessible to the harpist with little or no practice, so the harp part was made to be beautiful, yet simple support for the melody.