Writing Well for the Modern Harp

As one of the world’s most renowned harp soloists and a passionate champion of new music for her instrument, Yolanda Kondonassis presents a comprehensive guide and conversational text on composing idiomatically for the harp in her work, The Composers Guide to Writing Well for the Modern Harp.
The book features 22 detailed chapters on a full spectrum of topics, such as:

  • navigating the harp’s pedal system
  • idiomatic technical configurations
  • symbols and practical notation
  • register, volume, and resonance
  • tempo and context
  • traditional and extended contemporary effects with notation
  • props, electro-acoustics, and media integration

“Composing well for the harp isn’t easy, but it doesn’t need to be as hard as it looks,” according to Kondonassis. “This is not a collection of rules and formulas — it’s an honest conversation and a clear explanation of as many scenarios as possible, along with a hearty dose of solid advice.”


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