Chamber Ensemble

I basically create two different kinds of chamber music:  pieces that feature harp (usually electric harp – and sometimes with voice)  – and dramatic works: song cycles,  micro-operas.

A lot of the chamber music I write is also work I perform with symphony – so it often exists in both forms: Chamber Ensemble & full orchestra.

One of my early goals was to create a catalog of pieces for harp that could be programmed alongside the Ravel “Introduction & Allegro” and/or Debussy Dances – so the ensemble I generally use is the same as the Ravel – with added percussion: Flute, Clarinet, String Quartet, Bass and percussion – with harp soloist.  These are videos of some of the pieces.

I usually premiere the pieces myself, and then publish them and often coach or conduct other harp soloists in playing them – so you’ll see both me and other soloists performing in these videos.

Soñando en Español

Chamber Concerto for Harp & Flute, Clarinet, String Quartet, Bass & Percussion.

Harp soloist: Eleanor Turner – with the World Harp Congress Chamber Ensemble, conductor: Deborah Henson-Conant

The Nightingale

For Solo Harp & Voice, flute, clarinet, string quartet & bass with the Bechtler Chamber Ensemble and Alan Yamamoto, conductor

Mythic Women Project: Persephone Lost

A one-woman micro-opera for soprano, clarinet, harp & cello – at Boston University, in celebration of Chamber Music Month – with Jeila Irdmusa: Soprano ~ Szu-Ning Tai: Harp ~ Yun-Yun Lin: Cello ~ Celine Ferro: Clarinet

Mythic Women Project: Songs of the Pyre

Song cycle for soprano, harp, cello & piano at Boston University, in celebration of Chamber Music Month – with Jeila Irdmusa: Soprano ~ Szu-Ning Tai: Harp ~ Yun-Yun Lin: Cello ~ Ling Lo: Piano

996 

(David Lockington & Deborah Henson-Conant featured soloists ~ Emily Senturia conducting)

Chamber Music for Harp & Cello Features – with Flute, Clarinet, String Quartet, Bass & Percussion

996 

Eleanor Turner & Lucy Simmonds featured soloists ~with the Mavron String Quartet
Deborah Henson-Conant conducting

Chamber Music for Harp & Cello Features – with Flute, Clarinet, String Quartet, Bass & Percussion

New Blues  for Chamber Ensemble & 2 Harps

with featured harpists Eleanor Turner & Deborah Henson-Conant with the World Harp Congress Chamber Ensemble

Upbeat boogie with Blues variations for two harps (lever or pedal harps) and chamber ensemble: Flute, Clarinet, String Quartet, Bass & Percussion.

Catcher in the Rye

Chamber Music for Harp & Cello Features – with Flute, Clarinet, String Quartet, Bass & Percussion

Baroque Flamenco

Harp soloist: Eleanor Turner – with the World Harp Congress Chamber Ensemble, conductor: Deborah Henson-Conant

This is the 3rd movement of “Soñando en Español” – it’s often programmed as a stand-alone piece with harp soloist & orchestra or chamber ensemble: Flute, Clarinet, String Quartet, Bass & Percussion.

Belinda

For voice, lever harp, flute, clarinet, string quartet, bass & percussion

Belinda was a willow tree in the heart of an urban neighborhood called Somerville, mA. For years this tree stood and inspired people. I fell in love with it one day riding my bike. This song is the story of that love affair.

“Belinda” is part of my show with symphony orchestra. People often describe it as a mini-musical with an audience chorus.

I Love My Garbageman

For voice, lever harp, flute, clarinet, string quartet, bass & percussion

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