March at Melody’s

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Dear Friends,We join you in welcoming Spring with its flowers, warmer weather and busy-ness. And we hope you are having a very pleasant weekend doing things that make you happy.

There are many new additions to our website, and here are just a few:
Music from Holly Press, arranged for pedal harp and flute (or flute and violin) Continue reading
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The Wheel of the Year by Carol Wood

Wood, a professor of English literature,  has a Ph.D. in Medieval Literature and has taught courses in Chaucer and in Celtic and Germanic literature for many years. She has always been interested in the important and ancient links between poetry and the harp (or its cousin, the lyre).  She loves setting poems to music and is dedicated to increasing the repertoire of the Celtic harp.

From the Composer: While all eight of these Celtic holidays may not be truly ancient, several of them certainly are; some, like Samhain, have had Christianizing veils cast over them but have kept many of the pre-Christian customs associated with their celebration. Interested harpists will find a wealth of available information about these holidays, their names, and their customs. These notes try only to explain a few things about the eight harp pieces and their sources of inspiration. Continue reading

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February Announcement 2016

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Dear Friends,Happy almost Valentine’s Day!  We have been busy reorganizing the web site and restocking.  Here are just a few new items added over the past few weeks:

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 Anna Dunwoodie of New Zealand has new repertoire books Continue reading
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Best Selling Artists Category

Hi All,

We’re doing away with the “best selling artists” category and “mainstreaming” all those titles into their appropriate categories within the structure of the regular web site. You can search and fine specific arrangers and composers in the drop down box, top left of our site. We think this will allow you to see all titles in the categories of your choice.

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Mid-November at Melody’s

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Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. Continue reading
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New Music up on web

Hello Everybody,

Just a couple of new items up on the web as of this week – more to come next week from Joanne Griffin!

Bochsa, edited by Carl Swanson https://www.folkharp.com/technique-exercises/4098-bochsa-revisited-40-easy-etudes.html

New Double Strung music arranged by Christina Cotruvo  https://www.folkharp.com/535-cotruvo-christina

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Mid-October Announcement – 2015

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Dear Harp Friends,

We hope you are enjoying a hint of fall in the air!

We have quite a few new titles including four by Frank Voltz.   We have 2 used harps on the floor. Some Halloween titles are discounted – scroll to see all the gory details. There are a few gems of information in between the new music listings, too.

Julietta Rabens Moore We have a new category of downloadable music by Julietta Rabens, in addition to her popular (in paper version) “Classics at your Fingertips”.  The titles are Cnidarian Nocturnes | Petite Suite and Meditations in a Meadow | Remembrance (Hymns) | Saturniid Noctures & Reverie | Seven Preludes for Lap Harp | Winter Wooden Lace  Ms. Rabens has an excellent reputation as a contemporary composer.  See her FB page.

Another new category is the downloadable music of JulieAnn Smith.  Simple and pretty, the music has been written largely for therapeutic use. Most have a sound clip.  This is the first round, and there will be more.  It’s Beautiful There | Merry-Go-Round | Lullaby | Lydia | Changes.

Our sound clips – they’re way at the bottom, and until we have a renovation of the web site, they are not playable on devices, only from your computer, either your desktop or your laptop.  So please check for sound clips by scrolling beneath the description.  Many thanks!  At last count, we have 558 items with sound samples. Many also have You Tubes.

Barbara Fackler, friend and author of “The Sacred Harp”, discovered that you can download the La Riviere for free!  It’s not perfect and has some markings, but it is there for you.  (We sell it new, too, but free is really really good.)  Click HERE. On her website she also has a guide to the notation used in the music of Bernard Andres.  See it HERE.

My favorite music marking pencil is the Papermate Sharpwriter.  I like the lead because it is .7, just a little thicker than some of the others.  On the package it says “not refillable” – but I found a video that tells you how to refill!  I was so disappointed to think I might have to throw these plastic pencils in the recycling bin after using just one lead, but noooo – watch this video and be kind to the planet. I have tried it and it works fine – it’s easy.

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There’s a new WIRE HARP book out by Hilary De Vries.  The book includes sound on all the pieces.  It is only available as a PDF download, and you can find it HERE.

 

 

 

Frank Voltz has been busy as you can tell – there are FOUR more new pieces!! Mr. Voltz’ music is only available in paper hard copy version.

Hacienda Gate
Paragon of Virtue
On the New River
The Little King

all Voltz titles can be found under his tag on our site

Carol Wood’s “Saxtons RIver Suite” will be performed on Nov. 7 by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Ensemble and Counterpoint Chorus. It is a world premier, celebrating the five seasons of Saxtons River, VT. Congratulations to Carol!  Here is her FB page.

 

 

 

 

Used harps oct 2015

We have 2 used harps at the shop which may be of interest to you!  A Venus Diplomat, and a Dusty Strings FH36B in maple. Give us a call if you’re interested – neither has been used a great deal, nor used as a gigging harp.

Don’t forget our regular 10% multiple copy discount on print music. Besides a savings for teachers, ensembles can have one person order for the group, get the discount and save even more with a single shipping charge!  The discount is built in, so whenever you order 2 of the same title, you automatically receive a discount on those items.

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If you want to keep in the loop, but not receive our e-mails, please consider liking us on FB.  We’ll post our announcements there.  If you need to change your e-mail, you can use the unsubscribe option to do that, too. When we send out these announcements, many times we receive a great deal of orders, and sometimes we even run out of certain titles.  We attempt to keep a 4-month supply of each title on hand at all times, based on the current and previous year sales history. If we have run out of a title, you won’t be able to order it, but please know that we make every attempt to restock within 10 days.

We generally ship using media mail.  Media is printed or recorded matter, and it used to be known as “book rate” or “library rate”.  It is the least expensive way to ship.  We use new box material, or a cardboard support in a new padded envelope to protect your music. We have found that new packaging material survives the journey best, so we don’t use recycled material when sending out your orders (except for bubble wrap and paper padding), but we encourage you to recycle the packaging material you receive from us. We flatten and recycle all cardboard boxes from our vendors, and we reuse the bubble wrap.

Your friends at Melody’s!

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15% off Halloween-type titles

Just a reminder that these titles are 15% off until November 4 [put 2015H into the voucher box]:

Spooky Tunes | Halloween Spooky LIttle Tunes | Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Landy) | Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Rowe)If I Only Had a Brain (Scarecrow, get it?) | Ghost Tango | Funeral March (Alfred Hitchcock Theme) | Harpation (ethereal whole tone scale) | PDF Harpation | Enchanted Melodies for Two | My Gallery | PDF My Gallery

Sale code (coupon code or voucher) will expire Nov. 4.  Coupon Code is 2015H

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New from Gaudet, Barnwell, and more

Dear Harp Friends,

We hope you are enjoying fresh ideas during these first weeks of the new school year!   With Halloween approaching, we have marked down a few appropriate titles.  Please scroll to the bottom for more information.
There is new music from Ann Crosby Gaudet and Rhett Barnwell in the form of PDF downloads. And just a reminder that Frank Voltz came out with 2 new titles recently which we’ll repeat on this e-mail.Coming within the next 10 days – look for new titles from Mitch Landy (his Halloween works are on sale, scroll down for information), Joy Slavens, JulieAnn Smith, and even more new pieces from Frank Voltz.  Megan Metheny’s new Christmas book is available as a download, and the paper version has just arrived!  See You Tube further down in this announcement.  It seems we’re the only North American store carrying her book!

New from Anne Crosby Gaudet:  The Look Off – a beautiful ensemble.  Also intermediate level solos: Starlight Reflection and Late Summer Lullaby.

Indigo Cove and the Whitecaps  Sound samples are provided, and they are performed on harp by Anne (really nice); we’re sure you’ll enjoy them.  You may be interested in Anne’s very creative web site for pianists and piano teachers. See it here.  And you can read about her harp therapy experiences here.

Rhett Barnwell has 2 new titles.  Rhett has gained much popularity over the past few years with his appearances at Somerset and Southeastern Harp Weekend. His new arrangements are:
Morning Has Broken and Balm in Gilead.  Barnwell, also an accomplished cellist, included a lovely cello part in Gilead.  For the sheet music (hard copy) format:  Morning Has Broken and Balm in Gilead.

Enjoy this delightful video from Kathryn Cater, appropriate for Halloween.  This composition is from her book, “My Gallery” – also on sale.

Repeated from the last e-mail announcement:

Voltz The one and only Frank Voltz has 2 new titles, with 4 more due to arrive soon.

Heather’s Song – sweet and lyrical.

Mountains of Japan – majestic and mysterious.  Many of our customers eagerly await anything new by Mr. Voltz.  He has a charming style!
More than a few of our customers own everything Mr. Voltz has ever arranged or composed – he has a huge fan club!

On Sept. 2, I played a concert featuring contemporary women composers for the harp.  The concert went over well, and in case you didn’t see the program, you can download it here.

The featured composers were: Kathryn Cater, Joyce Rice, Darhon Rees-Rohrbacher and Barbara Hartman Semmann.

Kathryn Cater

Kathryn’s YouTube Channel

and she has a lovely blog page with wonderful ideas on teaching music to PreK.

Joyce Ricewho runs the Harp Spectrum web site

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Barbara Hartman Semmann
whose music is found
HERE

Barbara Semmann (1939-2007) was a lover and teacher of music for over 40 years. She graduated from Alverno College in Milwaukee with a degree in Music Education and Liturgical Music. She started learning the harp in 1990 with Jeanne Henderson’s University of Wisconsin outreach program. She has published musical compositions for both harp and for handbells.

We may have a quarterly series of these concerts and give them on concert window.   More to come as that idea develops. There are many more contemporary composers to highlight.

Don’t forget our regular 10% multiple copy discount on print music. Besides a savings for teachers, ensembles can have one person order for the group, get the discount and save even more with a single shipping charge!  The discount is built in, so whenever you order 2 of the same title, you automatically receive a discount on those items.

15% off until November 4 [put 2015H into the voucher box]:

Spooky Tunes | Halloween Spooky LIttle Tunes | Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Landy) | Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Rowe) | Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Burton) | If I Only Had a Brain (Scarecrow, get it?) | Ghost Tango | Funeral March (Alfred Hitchcock Theme)  | Harpation (ethereal whole tone scale) | PDF Harpation | Enchanted Melodies for TwoMy Gallery | PDF My Gallery

Below – Megan Metheney plays Carol of the Bells from her new book, mentioned above.  Individual titles an be purchased for $4.00 each.  The single PDF can be found here.


Foster dog Koda Bear did not go to his new home 3 weeks ago as planned.  He is too low key for the energetic family that was interested.  He’s still with us and will make an appearance at the Saturday Petco Meet & Greet.

Happy fall!!

The folks at Melody’s.

 

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If you want to keep in the loop, but not receive our e-mails, please consider liking us on FB.  We’ll post our announcements there.  If you need to change your e-mail, you can use the unsubscribe option to do that, too. When we send out these announcements, many times we receive a great deal of orders, and sometimes we even run out of certain titles.  We attempt to keep a 4-month supply of each title on hand at all times, based on the current and previous year sales history. If we have run out of a title, you won’t be able to order it, but please know that we make every attempt to restock within 10 days.

We generally ship using media mail.  Media is printed or recorded matter, and it used to be known as “book rate” or “library rate”.  It is the least expensive way to ship.  We use new box material, or a cardboard support in a new padded envelope to protect your music. We have found that new packaging material survives the journey best, so we don’t use recycled material when sending out your orders (except for bubble wrap and paper padding), but we encourage you to recycle the packaging material you receive from us. We flatten and recycle all cardboard boxes from our vendors, and we reuse the bubble wrap.
Your friends at Melody’s!
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New Voltz, Cater, Dunwoodie, MORE!

Dear Harp Friends,

There is new music from Frank Voltz, Kathryn Cater, Fran McGaughey, Joy Slavens, Anna Dunwoodie and Megan Metheney and we now have it in stock!

Don’t forget our regular 10% multiple copy discount on print music. Besides a savings for teachers, ensembles can have one person order for the group, get the discount and save even more with a single shipping charge!  The discount is built in, so whenever you order 2 of the same title, you automatically receive a discount on those items.

Voltz The one and only Frank Voltz has 2 new titles!

Heather’s Song – sweet and lyrical.

Mountains of Japan – majestic and mysterious.  Many of our customers eagerly await anything new by Mr. Voltz.  He has a charming style!
More than a few of our customers own everything Mr. Voltz has ever arranged or composed – he has a huge fan club!

Kathryn Cater  composer and performer, is also a prolific writer, photographer and collector/organizer of music education materials. Among her many popular harp compositions and arrangements is a series of harp learning books focused on dogs, cats, bugs, birds and horses. Her music is well-loved by children, but adults play and enjoy her music equally. Many adult harpists who play in therapeutic situations use this very music. Cater, whose self-created You Tubes are enchanting and clever, has a web site at http://harprose.com/. Her You Tube Channel is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgXizOfBmb-xX-RmMKenGjQ  —  new from Cater:

Silent Night Duo for Flute and Lever Harp – paper version

Silent Night Duo for Flute and Lever Harp – download version
Silent Night Duo for Flute and Pedal Harp – paper version

Silent Night Duo for Flute and Pedal Harp – download version

The pedal harp version modulates, the lever harp version remains in the same key throughout.  Both have lush harmonies.  Cater’s web site has a link to the sound file  at http://harprose.com/a-merry-little-christmas/

Before I forget, we have a lovely Venus Diplomat from 1998 in mahogany on the  showroom  floor.  In perfect condition, with padded case and shipping trunk.  $13,500.  And, for those of you needing a small harp for school, we have several Dusty Strings Ravennas immediately available.

From Fran McGaugheyBallo Amoroso, early music ensemble (mid 1500s) by Lachambre.  McDowell’s To A Wild Rose, harp solo. She has 49 downloadable titles available, most are for ensemble.  Click HERE to see them all. Her last name is pronounced ma-GOY and rhymes with McCoy like the “real McCoy”.


Last year Joy Slavens came out with an easy Christmas book that was well received – nice arrangements, not hard, great for the beginning adult.  This year we have “Joy at Christmas vol.2” (right now downloadable only, but we expect hard copy soon.)  Plus, volume 1 is now available as a download.  To see the new downloads and a little info about Joy, see her download section.

Anna Dunwoodie has a large selection of downloadable music on our site.   Recently we added Winter Prayer, Valse Brilliante, Hauturu, The Sonsie Lass and All in a Garden Green. Sonsie is a Scottish word meaning attractive.  Anna is listed in the tags on our site – see all her music here.

Megan Metheney has come out with a very unusual Christmas book, called “Bernard’s Christmas – Variations on Works by Bernard Andres.” Each piece combines a work by Mr. Andrès with a Christmas carol.  Presently the book is available only as a download.  Each individual title is also downloadable for $4.  We expect the hard copy book in any day. To view the book and all the individual titles, please click HERE.

Mary is playing a concert of music featuring contemporary women composers for the harp. If you’re interested in the program, you may download it HERE.

Foster dog Koda Bear may be going to his new home this weekend.  It has been a pleasure and honor knowing you, Koda Bear.

Happy back to school!!

The folks at Melody’s.

 

Find us on Pinterest

Follow us on Twitter

View our profile on LinkedIn

Like us on Facebook

Visit our blog
View our videos on YouTube

Visit our blog

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If you want to keep in the loop, but not receive our e-mails, please consider liking us on FB.  We’ll post our announcements there.  If you need to change your e-mail, you can use the unsubscribe option to do that, too. When we send out these announcements, many times we receive a great deal of orders, and sometimes we even run out of certain titles.  We attempt to keep a 4-month supply of each title on hand at all times, based on the current and previous year sales history. If we have run out of a title, you won’t be able to order it, but please know that we make every attempt to restock within 10 days.

We generally ship using media mail.  Media is printed or recorded matter, and it used to be known as “book rate” or “library rate”.  It is the least expensive way to ship.  We use new box material, or a cardboard support in a new padded envelope to protect your music. We have found that new packaging material survives the journey best, so we don’t use recycled material when sending out your orders (except for bubble wrap and paper padding), but we encourage you to recycle the packaging material you receive from us. We flatten and recycle all cardboard boxes from our vendors, and we reuse the bubble wrap.

Your friends at Melody’s!

 

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