The Lap Harp Compendium contains 52 two-page pieces and four one-page pieces, for a total of 108 pages of beautiful, original music. The book was arranged for lap harps with a bottom note of C below middle C and a top note of E (for a total of 24 strings). However, 15 of the pieces only go up to C (22 strings) and smaller harps can often work around the “highest notes” to make this book playable for them. Of course, it is a wonderful resource for harps of all sizes, even pedal harps.
The music covers a wide spectrum of moods, keys, tempos and meters. There are songs for every occasion, from music therapy sessions to weddings and church services, and everything in between.
In the drop-down menu you can choose from book, eBook, the two-CD set, mp3 download and book/CDs combo. You will also find a book and eBook for the flute parts, and an eBook for the clarinet parts
Click to view music samples
Listen to Midst of Winter
Listen to Music Box Waltz
Listen to Star Gazer
There is also the Bedside Lap Harp Compendium, which contains these same pieces, just in keys with no sharps or flats. Click to view that book.
Also available: Flute parts book and eBook, and clarinet parts eBook. There are parts to match every piece from both Lap Harp Compendium versions. Click to view flute parts samples. Click to view clarinet parts samples.
“Dear Cindy, I wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying the Lap Harp Compendium that I received from you last week. I have pretty much played no other music but that since it came out of my mailbox! I am especially fond of Illusions of Love, I just wish it would stop playing in my head! It’s stuck on a loop and playing all the time. Don’t you hate it when that happens? Thankfully it’s a beautiful melody, so if something needs to be stuck, it’s a good choice! First Bloom is another one of my favorites, though I’m finding that piece rather difficult to play. For me, it’s the most challenging piece in the book. It looks so simple, but looks can be deceiving! Thank you for writing such lovely music, what a wonderful gift you share with us!” Susan P
“Oh. My. Goodness. Wow, Cindy…may I count the ways I love your music? Your harmonies are just wonderful, as are the voicings. Your left hand patterns are interesting and varied. Your melodies are just delightful. The skills I will be able to teach through these are so exciting! You cover the ENTIRE range of the harp – good for you! I LOVE your 2nds!!! And 7ths and 9ths, but especially your 2nds!!! Your pieces will take my students to the next level. Your compositions are solid and fun and tuneful. You leave the fingering to the harpist. I love that you used 6/4 time!!! And that’s really just for starters – I haven’t gotten to the other books yet!” Edie Elkan, Founding Director, Bedside Harp