Chords - finger stretches:
Chromatic progressions:
Decoration and melody:
Harps in pairs - why?:
'Impressionist' composers (French) as models of good harp writing:
Key signatures:
'Mars' from Holst's suite 'The Planets':
Nasty noises on the harp:
'Neptune' from Holst's suite 'The Planets':
Pedal notation:
Pedal layout and key changes:
Puccini and the harp:
Repeated notes :
Tone production:


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