List of compositions for harp

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The following is a non-exhaustive list of notable compositions for the harp.

Solo works[edit]

  • Elias Parish Alvars
    • Fantasia on Themes from 'Oberon'
    • Grand Study in Imitation of the Mandoline
    • Hebrew Air, from 'Voyage No. 3'
    • Chanson grec, from 'Voyage No. 6'
    • Sultan's Parade, from 'Voyage No. 3'
    • La Danse des fées, Op 76
    • Lucia di Lammermoor Fantasia No. 2, Op 79
    • Mandoline
    • Marche favorite du Sultan
    • Prayer from 'Mose in Egitto'
    • Serenade, Op. 83
    • Romance No. 1
    • Romance No. 2
    • over 80 pieces
  • Bernard Andres
    • Absidioles
    • Acalèphes
    • Acrospores
    • Alkermès
    • Amarantes
    • Anamorphoses
    • Aquatintes
    • Asters
    • Automates
    • Charades
    • Danses d'automne
    • Contes vagues
    • La Gimblette
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
    • Sonata for Harp in G major, Wq.139
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    • Six Variations on a Swiss Song, WoO 64 (for harp or piano, composed before 1793)
  • Luciano Berio
  • François-Adrien Boieldieu
    • Harp Sonata (1795)
  • Benjamin Britten
    • Suite for Harp (1969)
    • A Ceremony of Carols (harp accompanies SSA choir)
    • Canticle V: The Death of Saint Narcissus (harp accompanies tenor)
    • A Birthday Hansel (harp accompanies high voice)
  • David Bruce (composer)
    • Caja de Musica (2009)
  • Howard J. Buss
    • Awakening (2010)
    • Vega of Lyra "The Harp Star" (2013)
  • Gary Schocker (b. 1959)
    • Garden in Harp
  • Garrett Byrnes (b. 1971); Garrett Byrnes website
    • Valley of Butterflies (2011)
    • Sizzle (2009)
    • Amhrán Slán (2001)
    • Visions in Twilight (2000)
  • André Caplet
    • Déchiffrage (1910)
    • Divertissement à la française (1924)
    • Divertissement à l'espagnole (1924)
  • Elliott Carter
    • Bariolage (1992)
  • Julian Cochran
    • Four Preludes and Nocturne for Concert Harp
    • Two Valses for Concert Harp
  • Gilad Cohen
    • Doaa and Masa (2016)
  • Carson Cooman
    • Sun Figment for Harp (2002)
  • Jean-Michel Damase
    • Aubade
    • Introduction et Toccata
    • Pluie
    • Sarabande
    • Sicilienne variée
    • Tango pour harpe
    • Thème et variations
    • Thirty Etudes
  • Jan Ladislav Dussek
    • Sonata with 'The Lass of Richmond Hill' in F, C. 183 (c.1800)
    • Three Sonatas (1797), possibly by Sophia Dussek
      • No. 1 in B flat, C. 12
      • No. 2 in G, C. 13
      • No. 3 in C minor, C. 14
    • Six Sonatinas (1799), definitely by J.L. Dussek
      • No. 1 in C, C. 160
      • No. 2 in F, C. 161
      • No. 3 in G, C. 162
      • No. 4 in B flat, C. 163
      • No. 5 in F, C. 164
      • No. 6 in E flat, C. 165
  • Gabriel Fauré
    • Impromptu, Op. 86 (1904)
    • Une châtelaine en sa tour, Op. 110 (1918)
  • Graham Fitkin
    • Skirting (2004)
    • Scent for Wire Harp (2007)
  • Peggy Glanville-Hicks
    • Harp Sonata (1953)
  • Félix Godefroid
    • Etude de concert, Op. 193
  • Luis Jorge González
    • Dirges and Flowers (2003–04)
    • Sounding Solitudes V (1988)
  • Alphonse Hasselmans
    • Gitana, Op. 21
    • La Source, Op. 44
    • Three Préludes, Opp. 51–3
  • Patrick Hawes
    • How Hill (2009)
  • Paul Hindemith
    • Harp Sonata (1939)
  • Alan Hovhaness
    • Nocturne (1935; rev. 1959)
    • Harp Sonata (1954)
    • Suite for Harp (1973)
  • Valeri Kikta
    • Ossian, suite for harp (1965)
    • Four poems of Osman (1969)
    • Two Pieces (1972)
    • Romantic Variations on a Theme by Lyudkevich (1978)
    • Sonata No. 1 Sonata Lamentosa (1980)
    • Sonata No. 2 Bylina Scales in E flat major (1982)
    • Fantasy on themes from P.I. Tchaikovsky's 'Pique Dame' (1982)
    • At the Smoldering Chimney, fantasy for harp (1983)
  • Jean-Baptiste Krumpholz
    • Harp Sonata, Op. 10 (c.1787)
    • Four Sonates non difficiles with optional violin or cello, Op. 12 (c.1787)
    • Four Sonates chantantes with optional violin, Op.16 (c1788), no.3 ed. in T-B
    • Recueil de douze préludes et petits airs, Op. 2 (c. 1776)
    • Duo for two harps, Op. 5 (c. 1777)
    • Recueil contenant différens petits airs variés, 1 sonata and 1 petit duo for two harps, Op. 10 (c. 1787)
  • Théodore Labarre
    • Méthode complète pour le harpe (1844)
    • Fantaisies on operatic themes after Donizetti, Rossini and others
    • Numerous concert works
  • Fabien Lévy
    • Les deux ampoules d'un sablier peu à peu se comprennent
  • Sergiu Natra
    • Sonatina
    • Prayer
    • A Book of Hebrew Songs
    • Ballade millenaire
    • Cantosonata (2011)
  • Lior Navok
    • East of the Cane Fields
  • Charles Oberthür
    • Reminiscences de Suisse, Op. 3
    • Souvenir de Genève, Op. 4
    • Souvenir de Londres. Fantaisie et variations brillantes sur un thême original, Op. 26
    • Souvenir de Boulogne. Nocturne, Op. 30
    • La Belle Emmeline. Impromptu, Op. 51
    • Trois Mélodies religieuses, Op. 52
    • Gems of German Songs. Twelve Recreations, Op. 61
    • Le Désir, Op. 65
    • Au bord de la mer. Nocturne, Op. 68
    • Bel chiaro di luna. Impromptu, Op. 91
    • La Sylphide. Morceau caractéristique, Op. 150
    • Seaside Rambles. Four Musical Sketches, Op. 158
    • Le Réveil des elfes. Morceau caractéristique, Op. 181
    • A Fairy Legend, Op. 182
    • Erin, oh! Erin! Mélodie irlandaise favorite, Op. 183
    • Conte de fées. Caprice, Op. 301
    • Le Papillon. Caprice, Op. 317
  • Henri O'Kelly
    • Prélude pour harpe chromatique (1900)
    • Rêverie pastorale (1900)
  • Francesco Petrini
    • Sonatas for harp (violin ad lib)
      • 6 as Op. 1 (1769)
      • 6 as Op. 3
      • 2 as Op. 4
      • Third book, Op. 9
      • Fourth Book, Op. 10 (c.1780)
      • 1 as Op. 39
      • 4 as Op. 40 (1801)
    • Airs with variations
      • First collection, Op. 2 (1774)
      • Second collection, Op. 8 (1774)
      • Seventh collection, Op. 15 (1779)
      • Op. 16 (1779)
      • Op. 17 (c. 1780-5)
    • Airs, ouvertures, sonata movements, published in Delamanière at Delaplanque (c.1790)
    • Variations on 'Le Réveil du peuple de Gaveaux', 'Vive Henri IV', 'Bataille du Wagram', etc. published separately
  • Gabriel Pierné
    • Impromptu-caprice, Op. 9 (1885)
  • Anna-Maria Ravnopolska-Dean
    • Improvisation (2003)
    • “The Turtle's Castle (2003)
    • Four Compositions for Harp on Haiku Poetry (2003)
    • Suite of 8 Dances: Laendler, Tango, Fandango, Horo, Kazachok, Arabian dance, Pavane (2004)
    • Fantasy on Verdi's Opera 'La Traviata' (2005)
    • Two Haiku Pieces on Basho (2006)
    • The Mystic Trumpeter (2006)
    • Five Haiku Pieces 'Solo Honkadorae Renga' (2006)
  • Henriette Renié
    • Légende d'après 'Les Elfes' de Leconte de Lisle
    • Six Pièces
    • Contemplation
    • Danse des lutins
    • Feuille d'automne (Esquisse)
    • Pièce symphonique en trois episodes
  • Joaquín Rodrigo
    • Impromptu (1959)
  • Nino Rota
    • Sarabanda e Toccata
    • Sonata
  • Albert Roussel
    • Impromptu, Op. 21 (1919)
  • John Rutter
    • Many choral hymns and anthems with harp accompaniment, w/w/o orchestral accompaniment
  • Kaija Saariaho
    • Fall (Maa)
  • Camille Saint-Saëns
    • Fantaisie, Op. 95
  • Salvatore Sciarrino
    • Addio a Trachis
  • Leon Schidlowsky
    • Five Pieces for Harp
  • Dave Smith
    • A propos de rien (1999)
  • Louis Spohr
    • Fantasia in C minor, Op. 35 (1807)
    • Variations on Méhul's 'Je suis encore dans mon printemps', Op. 36 (1807)
    • Variations in E, WoO 29 (1808), lost
  • Germaine Tailleferre
    • Le Petit livre de harpe de Madame Tardieu
    • Sonate
    • Sonata alla Scarlatti
  • Josef Tal
    • Intrada (1959)
    • Structure (1961)
    • Concerto for harp & electronic music (1971/1980)
    • Dispute (1989)
  • Marcel Tournier
    • Berceuse
    • Berceuse Russe, Op. 40
    • Ce que chante la pluie d'automne, Op. 49
    • Deux Petites pièces
    • Deuxième Sonatine, Op. 45
    • Encore une Bôite à Musique, Op. 43
    • Étude de concert (Au matin)
    • Féerie
    • Fresque Marine, Op. 46
    • Images, Op. 29 Suite 1
    • Images, Op. 31 Suite 2
    • Images, Op. 35 Suite 3
    • Images, Op. 39 Suite 4
    • Jazz Band, Op. 33
    • Pièces nègres, Op. 41
    • Quatre Préludes, Op. 16
    • Six Noëls, Op. 32
    • Sonatine, Op. 30
    • Thème et variations
    • Vers la source dans le bois

Two or more harps[edit]

Chamber works[edit]

  • Stefan Beyer
    • Die schreien Salz, for bassoon, trumpet, trombone, percussion, harp, violin, and violoncello (2008/2009)
  • François-Adrien Boieldieu
    • Duos for harp and piano
      • No. 1 (1796)
      • No. 2 (1796)
      • No. 3 (c.1800), lost
    • Air and nine variations for harp and piano (1803), lost
  • Howard J. Buss Music published by Brixton Publications: http://www.brixtonpublications.com/string-3.html
    • Alpine Spring for flute and harp (2008)
    • Inner Quest for flute and harp (2011)
    • Saint Francis and the Animals for flute, clarinet and harp (2013)
    • Seaside Reflections for flute and harp (1993)
    • Seaside Reflections for oboe and harp (1993)
    • Seaside Reflections for clarinet and harp (2011)
    • Zoom for bass trombone (or tuba) and harp (2011)
  • Garrett Byrnes; (b. 1971); Garrett Byrnes website
    • Moon Songs for soprano and harp (2011)
    • Villanelle for violin and harp (2006)
  • Elliott Carter
    • Trilogy for oboe and harp (1992)
    • Luimen for trumpet, trombone, vibraphone, mandolin, guitar, and harp (1997)
    • Mosaic for flute (doubling piccolo and alto flute), oboe (doubling English horn), clarinet (doubling bass clarinet), harp, violin, viola, cello, and double bass (2004)
    • Trije glasbeniki for flute, bass clarinet, and harp (2011)
  • Julian Cochran
    • Artemis for violin, cor anglais and harp
  • Gilad Cohen
    • Trio for a Spry Clarinet, Weeping Cello and Ruminating Harp (2010)
  • Jean-Michel Damase
    • Trio for flute, cello and harp (1947)
    • Trio for flute, viola and harp (1947)
    • Quintet for flute, harp and string trio, Op. 2 (1948)
    • Sonata for clarinet and harp (1984)
    • Second Sonata for flute and harp
    • Adage for trumpet and harp
  • Claude Debussy
    • Music for Chansons de Bilitis for two flutes, two harps, and celesta, L. 96 (1900-1)
    • Danses sacrée et profane for harp and string quintet, L. 103 (1904)
    • Sonata for harp, flute, and viola, L. 137 (1915)
  • Matthew Davidson (b. 1964); Matthew Davidson website
Trio Sonata for flute, viola, and harp (2012); Canadian Music Centre; Centre for New Zealand Music; American Composers Alliance
  • Joël-François Durand
    • Le Tombeau de Rameau for flute, viola and harp (2008)
  • Jan Ladislav Dussek
    • Duo in F for harp and piano, C. 63 (c.1789)
    • Duetto in F for harp and piano, C. 102 (1794)
    • Two pieces for harp, violin, and cello (1797)
      • No. 1 in E flat, C. 147
      • No. 2 in B flat, C. 148
    • Duet in E flat for harp and piano, C. 170 (1799)
    • Two Duettinos for harp and piano (c.1802)
      • No. 1 in C, C. 189
      • No. 2 in F, C. 190
    • Three Duos concertants for harp and piano
    • No. 1 in B flat, C. 234 (1810)
    • No. 2 in E flat, C. 239 (1811)
    • No. 3 in F, C. 243 (1811)
  • Vladimír Godár
    • Barcarolle, for violin (or cello), strings, harp and harpsichord (1993/1995)
    • La Canzona refrigerativa dell arpa di Davide (David's Refreshing Harp Song), for cello & harp (1999)
  • Sofia Gubaidulina
    • Garden of Joy and Sorrow, for harp, flute and viola
  • Patrick Hawes
    • Earth Rise (2011) for harp and oboe
    • Reflexionem (2006) for harp and cello
  • Alan Hovhaness
    • The World Beneath the Sea No. 1, for harp, alto saxophone, vibraphone, timpani and gong (1954)
    • The World Beneath the Sea No. 2, for harp, clarinet, timpani bells (chimes or glockesnspiel), and double bass (1963)
    • Koke no Niwa, for English horn (or B flat clarinet), 2 percussion and harp (1954; rev. 1960)
    • The Garden of Adonis, for flute and harp (or piano) (1971)
    • Firdausi, for clarinet, harp and percussion (1972)
    • Spirit of Tress, for harp and guitar (1983)
    • Starry Night, for flute, xylophone and harp
    • Sonata for flute and harp (1987)
    • Sno Qualmie, for harp, clarinet, timpani, chimes, and double bass (?)
  • Nigel Keay
    • Terrestrial Mirror for flute, viola & harp (2005)
  • Valeri Kikta
    • Antique Visions for clarinet and harp (1977)
    • Sonata for violin and harp (1998)
  • Jean-Baptiste Krumpholz
    • 6 harp sonatas with violin, Op. 1 (c.1775)
    • 4 harp sonatas with violin, double bass, and two horns, Op. 3 (c.1776)
    • 6 harp sonatas, Op. 8 (c. 1780), nos. 1-5 with violin or flute
    • Collection de pièces de différens genres distribuées en 6 sonates with piano, Opp. 13–14 (c.1788)
    • 4 Sonates en forme de scènes de différens caractères with piano, Op. 15 (c.1788)
    • 3 Sonates … dont la 1er en forme de scène with violin, Op. 17 (c.1789)
    • 2 Sonates en forme de scènes with piano, Op. 18 (c.1789)
    • Andante for harp and violin, Op. 19 (c.1789)
  • Théodore Labarre
    • Duos for harp and horn
    • Trios for harp, horn, and bassoon, Op. 6
    • Grand duo du couronnement for harp and piano, Op. 104 (1841)
    • Numerous salon pieces for harp and piano
    • Romance for violin and harp
  • Lowell Liebermann
    • Sonata for flute and harp, Op. 56 (1996)
  • Bohuslav Martinů
    • Musique de Chambre No. 1 (clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano)
  • Sergiu Natra
    • Music For Violin and Harp
    • Music For Harp and Three Brass Instruments (trumpet, trombone, & French horn)
    • Music for Nicanor (harp, flute, clarinet & string quartet)
    • Commentaires sentimentaux (flute, viola and harp)
    • Two Sacred Songs (soprano, violin, cello, harp & organ)
    • Ancient Walls (trombone & harp)
    • Ancient Walls (horn & harp)
    • Trio in One Movement nr. 2 (2 French horns & harp)
    • Deux poemes (voice & harp)
    • Sonata for Harp and String Quartet
    • Divertimento for Harp and String Quartet with D.B.
    • Divertimento for Harp and String Quartet without D.B.
    • Divertimento for Harp and String Orch.
  • Lior Navok
    • Al Mishkavi Baleylot, for soprano and harp
    • Quartet for flute, clarinet, bassoon and harp
    • Veiled Echoes, for flute, viola and harp
  • Charles Oberthür
    • Souvenir à Schwalbach, Op. 42 for horn and harp
    • Mon séjour à Darmstadt, Op. 90 for horn and harp
    • Trio, Op. 139 for violin, cello, harp
    • Trio, Op. 162 for violin, cello, harp (1867)
    • Orpheus, Op. 253 for harp and piano
  • Sweet Dreams, Op. 300 for clarinet and piano
  • Elias Parish Alvars
  • Francesco Petrini
    • Airs with variations
      • Third collection (1774) for harp, violin, and oboe
      • Fourth and fifth collections, Opp. 12–13 (c. 1778) for harp, violin, and oboe
      • Sixth collection, Op. 14 (1778) for harp, bassoon, and cello
    • 3 preludes for harp and basso continuo
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara
    • Ballade for harp and strings (1973/1981)
  • Maurice Ravel
  • Albert Roussel
    • Sérénade for flute, string trio, and harp, Op. 30 (1925)
  • Camille Saint-Saëns
    • Fantasie for violin and harp, Op. 124
  • Timothy Salter
    • Mosaics for flute/picolo, viola and harp
  • Carlos Salzedo
    • The Enchanted Isle (1918)
    • Harp Concerto No. 1 (1926)
    • Harp Concerto No. 2 (1953)
  • Anthony Sidney
      • "From a Chinese Waterfall" (1993) for Harp and Guitar
      • "Of Shadows and Lights" (2006) for Harp and Piano
      • "Five White Moons in Black" (2007) for Harp, Viola and Flute
  • Louis Spohr – in many of these works, the harp was to be tuned down a semitone and the music written a semitone higher
    • Sonatas for harp and violin
      • No. 1 in C minor, WoO 23 (1805)
      • No. 2 in B flat, Op. 16 (1806)
      • No. 3 in E minor/F minor, WoO 27 (c.1806)
      • No. 4 in D/E flat, Op. 113 (1806)
      • No. 5 in D/E flat, Op. 114 (1811)
      • No. 6 in G/A flat, Op. 115 (1809)
      • No. 7 in G/A flat, WoO 36 (1819), lost
    • Sonata movement for harp and violin in G, WoO 24 (1805), incomplete
    • Introduction in G for harp and violin, WoO 25 (1805)
    • Trio in E minor/F minor for violin, cello, and harp, WoO 28 (1806)
    • Rondo in E minor/F minor for violin, cello, and harp, WoO 33 (1813), lost
    • Fantasia on Themes by Handel and Vogler in B minor/C minor–A/B flat, Op. 118 (1814)
  • Igor Stravinsky
  • Josef Tal
    • Lament, for violoncello & harp (1947)
    • Hora, for violoncello & harp (1949)
    • Duo for trombone & harp (1989)
  • Marcel Tournier
    • Nocturne (cello, harp and organ)
    • La Lettre du jardinier (high voice and harp)
    • Deux préludes romantiques Op. 17 (violin and harp)

Concertante works[edit]

Concertos[edit]

For Harp and Orchestra

Other concertante works[edit]

Concertos with other solo instruments[edit]

References[edit]

Compiled from the Works Lists of the composers in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, ed. S. Sadie and J. Tyrrell (London: Macmillan, 2001). Australian Music Centre Catalogue www.amcoz.org