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15 Fantasies On Carols From Around The World
Improvised by Deborah Henson-Conant on Harp

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Fun Facts about this Album

  • This is my best friend’s all-time favorite album of mine
  • Last year I posted a blog on how to gift ‘The Gift’ as a download – http://www.hipharp.com/blog/14839
  • The entire album is completely improvised (so please don’t ask for the harp manuscript!) – based on the basic melodies of these tunes and weeks of playing around with them in my studio.
  • Many of these carols I’ve known for years – but some were completely new to me.
  • This was recorded all on solo harp, no overdubs. I recorded it before I’d transitioned to the lever harp, so it’s all played on a classic concert harp – but it doesn’t all sound Classical by a long shot
  • After recording this album, I created symphonic versions of some of these arrangements that I’ve played in Holiday Programs with ensembles from community orchestras to professional symphonies like the St. Louis Symphony.
  • My original impulse was to see how much fun I could have with holiday tunes. I surprised myself by how much fun I was having and, in the middle of the project, decided to challenge myself by reharmonizing my – ’til then – least-favorite carol, “O Tannenbaum” (“Oh Christmas Tree”) The result? I completely fell in love with the tune.
  • The cover design was a mandala I created one day when I sat down and decided I would try to learn to draw mandalas. It may be one of the simplest mandalas ever created – kind of like a haiku mandala
  • This album was recorded in 1995
  • I’d LOVE your comments below so please do leave some!