Perceptions (larger harps version)


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This version of “Perceptions” was written at the request of someone who had a new Blevins Serenade harp (it goes down to F, one and a half octaves below middle C). She wanted to make full use of that harp with the Perceptions pieces.

This book is available as an eBook only, and has not been recorded. It contains all 14 of the beautiful, modal and sometimes funky pieces from the original “Perceptions,” but without the lead-sheet format which was included in the original “Perceptions.” It includes just the solos, 28 pages of music, with chord symbols, for larger harps as opposed to lap harps. I have included the original text on modes, written by Edie Elkan, which was written for the original book. It is informative and entertaining.

The eBook (only the harp solos, not the “text” mentioned above) is available on Sheet Music Plus.

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The sheet music is available on Sheet Music Plus. Each song listing includes a long music sample and an audio sample. Click on a title to go there:

Comments on these pieces by Edie Elkan, Director of Bedside Harp program, who asked me to write this book of modal and exotic pieces:

Two in the Mornin’ – Cindy, this piece is like a tone poem…it grabbed me on a musical visual level that I haven’t experienced except in some rare orchestra pieces!

The Tide – well here again, the visual image came through. The music is just wonderful – most especially the AM#7 chord ending. How cool is that???

Rain Drops – I had to look out the window to be convinced that it was not raining! Love this mixolydian piece – your ability to render melodies and harmonies in these enchanting scales reminds me of Michaelangelo, who worked to “free” his pieces from the blocks of marble they were hidden in.

Perceptions just tore me up – it’s perfectly gorgeous!!! And it truly brought tears to my eyes.

Walking in Circles – WOW! This is just wonderful – love the little rhythmic device…I have to tell you – what you do with the triad is just…amazing!!!

Over Easy – perfect – just a perfect Dorian piece….

Osodorian – LOVE this piece

Mixin’ it Up – Great!!!

Dilemma is just lovely – I LOVE the switch back and forth and back and forth from 4/4 to 5/4 to 4/4…

Pheelin’ Phrygian – I love this one….

Koala Dreams – Wow – I LOVE this one!

Lullaby – almost fell asleep playing it – who would have thought that Phrygian could be so soothing and loving?