The Harvest Suite, harp solos
The Harvest Suite is a collection of three intermediate level harp solos. With soaring melodies, a creative sense of imagery and patterns that lie comfortably in the hands you will love playing and sharing this set of pieces.
“The Braes of Balquhidder” - I discovered this beautiful Scottish folksong completely by accident. I was browsing through an old collection of Scottish folksongs and randomly picked one to arrange. Originally written by Scottish poet, Robert Tannahil, this tune was the inspiration for the famous “Wild Mountain Thyme” by Francis McPeake. I like to play this piece very slowly with expressive attention to the phrasing of the words. Let the music breathe and enjoy the rich harmonies.
“Equal Night” - The Fall Equinox marks the beginning of Fall, when day and night are nearly equal. I wrote this piece on September 22, 2016. The opening section reflects the warmth and longing for summer, while the middle section adds a chill and feeling of darkness.
“Harvest Moon” - I wrote “Harvest Moon” while taking part in Dr. Diana Rowan’s Viritual Harp Summit workshops. Every presenter filled me with so much inspiration to go create at my harp. This piece of music happened to coincide with the harvest moon on September 16, 2016. It was a beautiful, clear night in Halifax, Nova Scotia; a perfect night for a walk along the boardwalk to watch the moon rise up over the harbour.