Please Visit My Harp.com Page!

(Jul. 26, 2019) – Last summer, a representative from Lyon & Healy’s music and accessories division, Harp.com, contacted me about submitting my arrangements for online distribution. I did so with my collections, one at a time, and I now have my own page there: https://www.harp.com/?s=Hanjian+Rondeau

I am pleased that, based on recent sales reports, harpists are finding the books useful. In the near future, I hope to add another unique collection of arrangements to the page and, more important, to the harp repertoire.

“Ten Irish Songs” Now Available at Harp.com

This past June, I was contacted by a representative of Lyon & Healy’s music division, Harp.com, about my work in arranging music for the instrument.

In the spring of 2017, I began in earnest notating dozens of arrangements I had played at engagements over my 28-year performance career and submitting them to SheetMusicPlus.com. Some, including “Ten Irish Songs for All Harps” are also available in my personal store.

I am happy to announce that the collection of lesser-known Irish songs is now available at Harp.com in downloadable format. I have also been invited to submit additional arrangements which I hope to see there over the coming months.

Based in Chicago, Lyon & Healy has been known as the “Harpmakers to the world since 1889,” designing and building harps of all sizes, including the classic Model 23 which I play. The company also sells music, strings, and every imaginable accessory the working harpist might need.

Special Event November 11

(Oct. 31, 2018) — On Sunday, November 11, I am coming out of retirement to play for an introductory Christmas event at Brooklyn Antiques, Arts & Refinements in Brooklyn, CT from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

A special selection of Christmas carols arranged for the harp will be performed as the fine, hand-selected wares offered by proprietor Michelle Pappas will be on display in the historic setting of 7 Putnam Place on Brooklyn Green.

Follow Michelle on Instagram and check out her Facebook page for the best antiques in a setting nestled in the heart of Northeastern Connecticut.   All are welcome.  Don’t miss this unique event!

 

 

Whether New or Old, Great Things are Happening!

Despite the hot weather and lazier days of summer, not everyone has been on vacation. There are lots of positive developments in my world, one of which I referred to in my last post.

That development has now been confirmed, and I will be announcing it as soon as it goes live.

Since April I’ve been meeting my goal of releasing one new video each month with a song I’ve arranged and made available for harpists at SheetMusicPlus.com.  Today’s video is of one of my favorite Irish songs, recorded on my CD and offered in sheet music format as both a stand-alone and in my “Ten Irish Songs for All Harps” book.

 

I also am working on an exciting new book based on old material which will be published in the fall.

The Magic of Rodgers & Hammerstein

(Mar. 4, 2018) — I am having a great time creating arrangements for pedal harp of well-known Broadway show tunes, many of which were composed by the famous duo of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.  Rodgers wrote the lyrics to the melodies which Hammerstein seemed to magically put together for dozens of musicals.

During my 28 years in performing, I “arranged” a lot of the songs now uploaded to SheetMusicPlus for sale, but they were often played from penciled-over piano parts or from memory, since that was often easier.   It is quite different now having them properly notated, and they are much easier to read.

Since I grew up in the 60s and 70s, I loved adapting songs recorded by Neil Diamond, John Denver, Lionel Ritchie, and other greats of that era.  I was sometimes asked to play Beatles selections, which worked well as long as they were the slower ballads such as John Lennon’s “Grow Old With Me.”

Songs of the 80s, 90s and later also worked well if they were written, or could be interpreted, in the same vein.

In an earlier post, I wrote that I like to produce arrangements in groups of ten, but I am enjoying doing the show tunes, especially the Rodgers & Hammerstein ones, so much that I plan to stay the course until I run out of material.  Then I will move on to other “pop” tunes that I believe will work well on my instrument.

I particularly remember playing “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” by Jerome Kern quite often at events, where it was often recognized by the older guests as nostalgic, a throwback to an earlier time when the world seemingly moved a bit slower and people appreciated a good musical performance.  There are some challenging pedal changes in that one, but even with the modulation in the middle, it’s quite playable for intermediate-to-advanced harpists.

My favorites thus far are “Younger Than Springtime” from “South Pacific,” whose harp part I performed some years ago in a high school production; and “If I Loved You” from the musical “Carousel.”