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Medievalwarfare

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Chromatic Harp
« on: February 05, 2019, 12:30:19 PM »
Is it wise to score for the chromatic harp? I ask this in the terms of if it is widely used enough to where any well-funded orchestra could use it. If it’s a rarity then please tell me so.

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Re: Chromatic Harp
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2019, 03:38:16 PM »
chromatic harps basically do not exist anymore.
they were an experiment of the late 19th early 20th century.
with the advent of the pedal harp there was no more need for the unwieldy chromatic harp.
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Re: Chromatic Harp
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2019, 06:35:55 PM »
Thank you.

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Re: Chromatic Harp
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2019, 06:41:54 PM »
Of course with careful planning, harp parts can be very "chromatic." An exercise I loved in orchestration class was to be given a highly chromatic passage and be challenged to write it with as few pedal changes as possible.
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Re: Chromatic Harp
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2019, 06:22:29 AM »
I've had fun writing for two harps with different pedal settings. Getting two harpists for a performance is of course another issue.