Some Recommendations for music books for students of the harp 

Perhaps you want to give someone a gift of a book of harp music – what to choose? There is such a variety of books available, but often they must be ordered in advance, and always it is hard to know what level or suitability they have. 

Here are some opinions of mine on the subject. Note that many books have a variety of levels of material inside, so several books appear in more than category. 

Beginners and early intermediate 

  • Pieces Classiques Book 1 – 2, editor Bilaudot  - Most of my students will use these during their studies. They are simply great. The Bk 1 is very good for people who are learning to be a sightreader, but if you have a lot of musical experience, you can start at book 2. 
  • Ribambelle – Bernard Andres 
  • Panorama de la harpe celtique, Dominig Bouchard 
  • The Christmas Harpist, Marilyn Marzuki 
  • Christmas Eve, Sunita Stanislow 
  • Suzuki Harp Bk 2 

Intermediate 

  • Pieces Classiques Books 3 and 4, editor Bilaudot 
  • Solos for Lever Harp, Elizabeth Volpe Bligh 
  • Solos for Harp – Sunita Stanislow 
  • The Christmas Harpist, Marilyn Marzuki 
  • Christmas Eve, Sunita Stanislow 
  • Panorama de la harpe celtique, Dominig Bouchard 
  • The Irish Harper Volume Two, Maire ni Chathasaigh (music by Carolan) 
  • Automates – Bernard Andres 
  • Suzuki Harp Bk 2 & 3 
  • any of Kim Roberstson's book

Advanced 

  • Pieces Classiques Books 5, and 6, editor Bilaudot 
  • Solos for Lever Harp, Elizabeth Volpe Bligh 
  • Panorama de la harpe celtique, Dominig Bouchard 
  • The Irish Harper Volume Two, Maire ni Chathasaigh (music by Carolan) 
  • Epices – Bernard Andres 
  • Clair de lune by Debussy, arranged by Barbara Brundage 
  • Winter Still and Acacia street – Sharlene Wallace 

 

 

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