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SSA or SSAA: with Harp

Date: Thu, 21 Jul 1994 09:33:38 -0600
From: miolsson(a) (Milton Olsson)
Subject: Womens Voices w Harp

The Cass Tech Harp and Vocal Ensemble will be sharing a concert with the
Michigan Tech Chamber Chorus next spring. I'd like to combine the choruses
in some manner to conclude the concert. Need suggestions for literature
for women with harp(s), and possibly other instruments OR for SSA/SATB with
similar instrumentation. Thanks for your help.

Milt Olsson
Michigan Technological University


Date: Thu, 21 Jul 1994 09:47:03 -0600
From: zzaasvk(a) (V.H.Knight)
Subject: Re: Womens Voices w Harp

Britten's 'Ceremony of Carols' is a piece that springs to mind. Of course
most numbers in it are for Christmas, but there is a 'spring' carol near the
end which would be seasonal for your concert.
Virginia Knight email: zzaasvk(a)
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 1994 10:32:35 -0600
From: dcastong(a) (David Otis Castonguay)
Subject: Re: Womens Voices w Harp

Two works immediately come to mind:

Brahms - "Four Songs for SSAA, 2 horns and harp" C. F. Peters or G. Schirmer

Holst - Rig Veda Hymns for Women and harp . Galaxy, (note: no harp part

available, must read from piano score)

Bernstein - "Chichester Psalms" - scored for harp, organ & percussion.

While this does not match your spring date you might wish to view this
Christmas work for your files:

Paulus - "Hallelu" - 2-part choir & harp, European American

Hope that this is of help.



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Date: Thu, 21 Jul 1994 12:40:04 -0600
From: lhbrown
Subject: Re: Womens Voices w Harp

Salut Printemps by Debussy for Women's voices, Soprano solo (difficult),
and harp. 2-3 minutes, ABA form (B section is solo). Scored for piano
or harp. Text in French, sort of a welcome to Spring.

Dear Listers,

This is the most wonderful lists of all lists! - Thank you
for the rain
-of-replies, I will check them all.
Here are the compilation for you too :

Look at Herman Berlinski's "I Sought Him" , sopr. solo,
women and harp. The
text is from the Song of Solomon. I really like the work.
It was very well
received on our March program


Our all-time favorite piece for women's chorus plus harp
music is Benjamin
Britten's Ceremony of Carols, published by Boosey and

'For the Beauty of the Earth' is my original work (and
with my publishing
company KachinaMusiK KMK) scored for harp, soprano solo
and SSA.

Years ago I wrote a fairly short setting of
Shakespeare's "Blow, blow, thou
winter wind." I updated it recently, making it acceptable
to both voices
and recorders. It's a pretty little thing.
I just did Holst's "Two Eastern Pictures" for SSAA & Harp
for masters
recital. GEMS! These were great pieces and the singers
loved them. ECS

Also on the program was Brahms, Op. 17 Vier Gesang for
SSAA, harp and 2
horns. Much more difficult music but beautiful. Several
publishing options.


"Wie lieblich sind deine wohnungen" (How lovely are thy
dweelings), by Josef

Rheinberger (1839-1901), published by Carus Verlag,
Stuttgart (CV 50.035)

There's a gorgeous piece by timothy Luby tiutled "When I
am Dead," on the
Rossetti poem, published by Treble Leaf Clef. It's for
piano and cello
(optional) and SA, but the piano part is very harpistic,
and in the original
full score there's harp. You could take a quick look at it
and see if it
works, or ask the composer to refashion it with harp.
Three Songs of Innocence
Robert Wetzler
SSA harp. oboe, violin.

I'm sure you will get many suggestions for Brahms 4 Songs
for women's
chorus 2 horns and harp. Op 17 pub Peters No. 6617 or pub
n. Simrock edition
I highly recommend:
Franz Liszt Der 137. Psalm. Carus-Verlag 40.710/01
mezzo soloist and women's chorus
violin, harp and organ.
The chorus part is limited, the mezzo solo is magnificent
and requires a
wonderful singer. It is a powerful and moving work.

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Magnificat
Alto solo, women's voices, two flutes, harp, piano and
strings or
flute and keyboard

Imogen Holst: Welcome Joy
SSA and harp or piano

Kodaly - Wainamoinen Makes Music (sp?) - SSAA & harp -
Boosey & Hawkes


I have written a beautiful piece called "The Opal Sky". It
is an SSA piece
harp. I would be more than willing to send you a
complimentary copy of this
If you would like this work, please email me your complete
mailing address
and I
will get it in the mail this week.

A Composer Creating My Own Path,
Denice Rippentrop

This is it for now, I am sure you will use this treasure,
thank you all of
you who responded so quickly -

Tova Reshef

on June 25, 2003 10:00pm
Here's another: I have composed a setting for
SSAA or SSA and harp of Emily Dickinson's poem
I shall keep singing. Duration: 2:40. Contact
me for a score and tape.
on July 8, 2003 10:00pm
Although much of it is SSA, Holst's Hymns from the Rig Veda, op. 53, are excellent. They do have parts that are 4-part divisi as well. I conducted them with the Indiana University Women's Chorus several years ago and they are wonderful pieces.