Pedal or Lever Harp

Four Japanese Lullabies PDF Download by Kathleen Blackwell-Plank

Item #p7886

For lever or pedal harp.

Here is how Kathleen Blackwell-Plank describes her Lullabies for Heart's Ease collections:
Lullabies are the intimate music of the home found in cultures throughout the world. These comforting songs establish a safe place and serve as a sleep aid. They call forth memories of multiple generations. Lullabies are portable. Like prayers or beloved stories, we can take them with us. For refugees they can reestablish a sense of home. My "Lullabies for Heart's Ease" collections offer the opportunity to travel the world and experience the beauty of lullabies. These arrangements explore the unique and beautiful tonal qualities of the harp.

Kathleen has made intermediate arrangements for lever or pedal harp of four Japanese nursemaid songs (Komoriuta) from four different regions of Japan. These lullabies utilize a variety of pentatonic or five-note scales. In these arrangements, special harp effects are utilized to imitate the sounds of Japanese plucked instruments such as the koto, shamisen, and biwa. Près de la table (p.d.l.t.) indicates plucking near the soundboard. A downward-facing crescent moon shape denotes plucking the string with the fingernails. The crescent shape accompanied by glissando markings indicates playing the glissando with the backs of the fingernails of 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers to create a fluttering sound. These lovely and interesting pieces are well thought out and edited.

Chugoku Chiho no Komoriuta is a lullaby from the Chugok region. It utilizes the Akebono pentatonic scale in B minor (2-sharps). Lyrics in transliterated Japanese are provided along with chord symbols.

Edo Lullaby is said to be the root of all Japanese lullabies. It is written in the A minor pentatonic scale and has lyrics in English. No chord symbols are provided.

Most Japanese know and have a special affection for the very sad Itsuki no Komoriuta. The song uses the D minor pentatonic scale (1-flat) and has lyrics in transliterated Japanese.

Takeda no Komoriuta uses the Yo scale (1-flat), has lyrics in transliterated Japanese, and has chord symbols.

All pieces utilize special harp techniques.
This 14-page PDF includes 8 pages of music. Each piece is 2.5 to 3 minutes in length.

This product is a PDF file, to be downloaded to your computer. We do not sell it as regular printed music. It is only available here in this PDF download format.

Click on the blue titles below to see a sample of the first few lines of music.


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