Monday, December 21, 2020

Yuletide Blessings - for Harp

 

This is the first-ever holiday carol composed by me! Instead of singing it (lol), I have arranged it for harp. Hope you enjoy it (about 2 minutes long).

Pictures in Video -

1 - Postcard by Ellen H. Clapsaddle, New York, 1907
2 - Bringing Home the Yule Log, greeting card, London, circa 1900
3 - Bringing Home the Yule Log in Catland, book illustration by Louis Wain, London, 1910
4 - Bringing in the Yule Log, book illustration, London, 1856
5 - Yule Logs, book cover, George Alfred Henley, London, 1898
6 - Inglenook, textbook illustration, Foresman, Chicago
7 - A Stitch in Time, Victorian trade card
8 - Time for Porridge, watercolor card by Jenny Nystrom, Sweden, pre-1947
9 - Around the Yule Log, book cover, William Boyd Allen, Boston, 1898
10 - The Circle of Love, book illustration by Eliza F. Manning, London, 1894
11 - With Kind Regards, greeting card, Germany, 1915
12 - The Great Bell, book illustration by Sarah Hutchins, Philadelphia, 1890
13 - Christmas bell, magazine illustration, Germany, 1892
14 - May Your Christmas Be Happy, postcard, US, 1910


Friday, December 18, 2020

Silent Night - for Ukulele & Harp

 

Here's another carol arranged collaboratively by my ukulele-friend, Mary, and me. It's a tinkly-pretty uke & harp version of Silent Night, and it runs just over 2 minutes.

Pictures in Video -

1 - Christmas postcard, Italy, 1940
2 - Merry Christmas, postcard, Germany, 1902
3 - Nativity postcard, Norway, 1912
4 - Merry Christmas, postcard, Germany, 1908
5 - A Warm Christmas Greeting, postcard, Germany, 1917
6 - Merry Christmas, postcard, Germany, 1904
7 - Winter, postcard by Gino Salviatti, Italy, 1948
8 - Christmas postcard, Norway, 1909
9 - The Head of the Herd, postcard by Harry Payne, 1909
10 - Christmas Wishes, postcard, circa 1905
11 - A Merry Christmas, postcard, Russia, circa 1908
12 - Merry Christmas, postcard, Germany, 1913
13 - Merry Christmas, postcard, Norway, 1892
14 - Wishing You a Joyful Christmas, postcard, circa 1905
15 - Merry Christmas, postcard, Germany, 1909
16 - Best Christmas Wishes, Christmas card, North Carolina, date unkn.
17 - Merry Christmas, Christmas card by Jenny Nystrom, Norway, circa 1910
18 - Merry Christmas, postcard, Italy, 1940

Friday, December 11, 2020

What Child Is This - for Ukulele & Harp

 

This year, my ukulele-playing friend, Mary, and I have been arranging Christmas music for baritone uke and harp.  Our first was What Child Is This, to the tune of Greensleeves, and it has a great, lutey, stringy sound.  It runs about 2 minutes.

Pictures in Video -

1 - Virgin Mary of Hoshiv, copy of icon, Ukraine
2 - Adoration of the Shepherds, a 1905 copy of an anonymous 15th century painting, Siena, Italy, circa 1450
3 - The Star of Bethlehem, watercolor by Edward Burne Jones, England, circa 1885
4 - Nativity, fresco by Sandro Botticelli, Italy, circa 1476
5 - Adoration of the Christ Child by the Shepherds, engraving by Johannes Bourgois, Belgium, circa 1600
6 - Illumination from the Trivulzio Book of Hours, Belgium, circa 1470
7 - Adoration of the Shepherds, painting by Gerard van Honthorst, Netherlands, circa 1622
8 - Adoration of the Shepherds, painting by Josefa de Obidos, Portugal, 1669
9 - Black Madonna of Czestochowa, tapestry in Phillipines church
10 - Mystical Nativity, painting by Sandro Botticelli, Italy, 1500
11 - Scene from the Life of Jesus, fresco by Johannes Zick, Germany, 1746
12 - The Virgin with Angels, painting by William Adolph Bourguereau, France, 1900
13 - St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi in Adoration, painting by Josefa de Obidos, Portugal, 1647
 

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing - for Harp

Another hymn that I like for Thanksgiving is "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing."  It works particularly well on harp.  The line, "Here I raise my ebenezer, hither by Thy help I'm come" always comes to mind for me with this song.  This video is all about ebenezers, or standing stones, memorial stones, etc. It is around 2-1/2 minutes long.

Pictures in Video -

1 - The Frithjof Memorial Stone on Leikanger by Balestrand in Sogn, painting by Hans Leganger Reusch, Norway, circa 1825
2 - The Bridge of Brodgar, postcard by Walter Hugh Patton, Scotland, 1875
3 - A Burial Mound from Ancient Times by Raklev on Refsnaes, painting by Johan Lundbye, Denmark, 1839
4 - Menhir, painting by Ferdinand du Puigaudeau, France, circa 1900
5 - Danish Winter Landscape with Dolmen, painting by Nordahl Grove, Denmark, 1873
6 - Winter at the Sognefjord, painting by Johan Christian Dahl, Norway, 1827
7 - Haymaking Between the Menhirs at Nornes, painting by Johan Christian Dahl, Norway, 1839
8 - A Walk at Dusk, painting by Caspar David Friedrich, Germany, circa 1838
9 - Cleder Menhir, postcard by Emile Hamonic, circa 1900
10 - Menhir Near Plouneour-Trez, by Auguste Mayer, France, 1845
11 - Cross of the Apostles at Logonna-Daoulas, by Eugen Cicen, 1867
12 - Sewell Memorial, sculpture by Arthur Calder, New Jersey, 1910
13 - Evening Landscape with a Dolmen, painting by Carlo Dalgas, Denmark, 1844
14 - Sunset at a Dolmen, painting by Carl Frederik Bartsch, Denmark, 1882

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Simple Gifts - Arranged for Harp

Here's one of my favorite hymns, which always puts me in a Thanksgiving mood.  "Simple Gifts" was written in 1848 by Shaker Elder Joseph Brackett, and I've arranged it here for harp.  If you're familiar with the work of the American composer, Aaron Copland, you'll recognize my little musical homage to him at the end.  This is a look at Shaker life and art from mostly over a hundred years ago. The video is about 2-1/2 minutes long.

Pictures in Video -

1 - A Little Basket Full of Beautiful Apples, Shaker drawing by Hannah Cohoon, 1856
2 - Shaker village, postcard, Sabbathday Lake, Maine, circa 1920
3 - Shaker box maker, photo, 1935
4 - Stone barn Shaker meeting house, postcard, Harvard, Mass., circa 1915
5 - Tree of Life, Shaker drawing by Hannah Cohoon, 1884
6 - Shaker gift drawing by Polly Jane Reed, before 1881
7 - Gospel Union Tree, Shaker drawing by Polly Collins, circa 1840
8 - Shaker gift drawing, by Polly Collins, circa 1840
9 - A Bower of Mulberry Trees, Shaker drawing by Hannah Cohoon, 1854
10 - A Present, Shaker drawing by Polly Jane Reed, before 1881
11 - Tree of Life or Blazing Tree, Shaker drawing by Hannah Cohoon, 1845
12 - Wreath, by Polly Collins, circa 1840
13 - Enfield Shaker village, postcard, Enfield, Maine, circa 1920
14 - A Tree of Love a Tree of Life, Shaker drawing by Polly Collins, 1857
15 - Harvard Shaker village, postcard, Harvard, Mass., circa 1905
16 - Shaker village, postcard, Alfred, Maine, circa 1915

Sunday, November 8, 2020

If You Could Hie to Kolob - Arranged for Harp

This is the first in a little series of hymns I've done for Thanksgiving.  I am grateful for the many fine instrumental and vocal renditions of "If You Could Hie to Kolob," which inspired me to do a harp arrangement.  The tune is an old Irish melody, and I have included 5 verses so you can sing along if you want.  It's about 3 minutes long.

Pictures in Video -

1 - The Little Lame Prince, book illustration by Hope Dunlap, 1909
2 - Off on a Comet, book illustration by Paul Phillippoteaux (Jules Verne author), 1877
3 - The Earth and the Milky Way and Moon, charcoal drawing by W.T. Benda, 1918
4-Off on a Comet, book illustration by Paul Phillippoteaux (Jules Verne author), 1877
5 - Around the Moon, book illustration by Emile Antoine Bayard (Jules Verne author), 1872
6 - Figure 36 from Astronomia by Joseph Norman Lockyer, 1904
7 - The Signals from the Arctic Circle, book illustration by Daniel Carter Beard (Dan Beard author), 1894
8 - Illustration from Bible Primer by Adolf Hult, 1919
9 - Illustration of comet, appeared in Germany 1456, drawn 1552
10 - Illustration from "Alienist and Neurologist" book, 1919
11 - The Callisto and the Comet, book illustration by Daniel Carter Beard (Dan Beard author), 1894
12 - Off on a Comet, book illustration by Paul Phillippoteaux (Jules Verne author), 1877
13 - The Planets (Holst), painting by Zorro Mettini, 1995
14 - Der Donati'sche Komet von 1858, illustration produced in Germany, 1881
15 - Halley Comet in 1759, illustration produced in 1910
16 - Back to Earth, book illustration by Daniel Carter Beard (Dan Beard author), 1894
17 - Our Day in the Light of Prophecy, illustration by William Ambrose Spicer, 1921
18 - A Comet, book illustration from book by Thomas Bailey Aldrich, 1902
19 - Off on a Comet, book illustration by Paul Phillippoteaux (Jules Verne author), 1877
20 - Off on a Comet, book illustration by Paul Phillippoteaux (Jules Verne author), 1877
21 - Starlight Sower, painting by Hai Knafo, 2011

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Totentanz


This is the last in my series of Fall classical harp arrangements.  The music is "Totentanz" by Franz Liszt, and I've excerpted and arranged parts of it for two harps.  It's about death, and I have included lots of pictures of angels, saints, and heaven.  3-1/2 minutes of some amazing music!

Pictures in Video -

1 - Die Musick, painting by Carl Gustav Carus, Germany, 1826
2 - The Raven, book illustration by Gustave Dore, France, 1884
3 - The Raven, book illustration by Gustave Dore, France, 1884
4 - The Raven, book illustration by Gustave Dore, France, 1884
5 - Passage, painting by Anna Sahlsten, Finland, 1894
6 - The Body of St. Catherine of Alexandria, Taken Up to Paradise by Angels, painting by Heinrich Mucke, Germany, 1836
7 - The Woman Who Remained, magazine illustration by Cyrus Cuneo, London, 1900
8 - Fervaal, opera illustration by Carlos Schwabe, Paris, 1898
9 - Christian Martyrs, painting by Gustave Dore, France, 1871
10 - Jacob's Dream, Bible illustration by Gustave Dore, France, 1866
11 - And There Was a Great Cry in Egypt, painting by Arthur Hacker, London, 1897
12 - Jack and the Fairy Harp, illustration by George Cruikshank, London, 1853
13 - Angel with Harp, watercolor by Jan Matejko, Poland, 1895
14 - Divine Comedy, book illustration by the Pico Master, Venice, 1491
15 - The Boat of Souls, book illustration by Gustave Dore for The Divine Comedy, France, 1880
16 - Cemeteries for Animals, book illustration by Anna Harris Smith, Boston, 1900
17 - Dante in Heaven, painting by William Cave Thomas, London, circa 1900
18 - Highest Heaven, book illustration by Gustave Dore for The Divine Comedy, France, 1880
19 - Divine Comedy, book illustration by the Pico Master, Venice, 1491
20 - The Celestial Country, book illustration for Edwin S. Gorham publ., New York, 1900
21 - The Ninth Heaven, book illustration by Gustave Dore for The Divine Comedy, France, 1880