This is Sharon's seventh book of original tunes. Here's how she describes the music.
Some of the tunes in this book were composed in 2018 while sailing in Canada with our friends Becky and Al Szymanski. Our destination was the Princess Louisa Inlet and ultimately to get a prototype harp to our luthier friend in Canada so he could bring it to the Guayabo luthiers in Cuba, who are interested in building some harps.
Some of the tunes were composed in 2019 on my couch while healing a broken leg that happened at the dog park. I tend to look for the silver lining in hard times and these tunes were the silver lining for having a broken leg. The year 2019 was also my 68th birthday, so I challenged myself to write some 6/8 tunes. I wrote four of them, one of which is a birthday tune.
The tunes are organized in the order of key signatures starting with F (1 flat) and ending with D (2 sharps), except for "The Masquerade Waltz," which is placed at the beginning of the book to accommodate the page turn.
This book is for intermediate beginners to advanced players. My goal is always to make the music playable and accessible.
There are no lever changes. Two pieces have accidental levers set before playing the piece. I added some fingerings where I thought they would be helpful.
This was a really fun project to do while stuck at home during the Covid-19 pandemic. I hope it brings more joy into the world.
Click on the blue titles below to see a sample of the first few lines of music.