Pedal or Lever Harp

River Right Rhumba by Laura Zaerr PDF Download

Item #p7185

For lever or pedal harp.

Here's how Laura Zaerr describes her composition.

"River Right Rhumba" is a 5-and-a-half minute, 9-page original work for solo lever or pedal harp. This rhythmic study was inspired by a white-water kayaking trip on the North Umpqua River in Southern Oregon, where the best play waves are on the right side of the river, or River Right. (You may even hear the boat hitting rocks along the way as you play the knocking on the sound board section.) The three catchy repeating rhythmic patterns come directly from a West African drumming pattern from Guinea, the African Rhumba. A few quick lever changes are required. In fact, the piece is set up such that it is much easier on the lever harp than on the pedal harp, as half the harp has B-flats, the other half has B-naturals, saving much pedaling. It is basically in the key of C with some B-flat and one F# changes.
I have used this piece with my advanced lever harp students with great success. It uses several techniques, including harmonics, pre de la table, and xylophone effect, where you press the fingertips of one hand at the base of the strings to dampen the sound as you pluck with the other hand. Guaranteed to be a challenge, but worth it.

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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