Robin Ward | No Pedals Attached

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No Pedals Attached

by Robin Ward

Renaissance through Romantic music performed on the rarely heard triple strung harp, along with a few other treats.
Genre: Classical: Early Music
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1. Fantasia in the Style of Ludovico
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2. Mille Regretz
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3. Guardame Las Vacas
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4. Suite Royalle: I. Allemande
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5. Suite Royalle: II. Courantes I & II
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6. Suite Royalle: III. Saraband
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7. Suite Royalle: IV. Gavotte
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8. Suite Royalle: V. Chaconne
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9. Suite Royalle: VI. Mascarade Rondeau
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10. Bewitched
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11. Lady Iveah
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12. Miss Hamilton
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13. Thomas Burke
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14. Six Sonatines for Harp, Sonatina no.1: I. Andante con moto
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15. Six Sonatines for Harp, Sonatina no.1: II. Allegretto non tanto
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16. Suite BWV996: I. Prelude and Fugue
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17. Suite BWV996: II. Allemande
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18. Suite BWV996: III. Courante
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19. Suite BWV996: IV. Sarabande
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20. Suite BWV996: V. Gavotte
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21. Suite BWV996: VI. Gigue
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22. Try to Remember
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23. Four Welsh Airs
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24. The Rising Lark
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25. Arabesque
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26. Capricio Arabe
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27. Air with Variations
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28. Nocturne
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
'No Pedals Attached’ is an exploration of music from 1550 through to the present day,
played on the triple harp. Originally invented in Italy at the beginning of the seventeenth century as a
means of making the harp chromatic, the triple harp celebrated a brief popularity in Italy in the
accompaniment of early opera and as a solo instrument. Within a couple of generations it would
make its way through what is now Germany and France up in to England where William Lawes
included the triple harp in the scoring of his ‘Harp Consorts’. A century later Handel would write his
Harp concerto. Later in the eighteenth century, the newly invented pedal harp would supersede the
triple harp and the English triple harp was adopted by the Welsh as their national instrument.

While the harp was considered a perfect instrument in the Renaissance and Baroque
periods, its repertoire was far from it, and as a consequence it was common practice for harpists to
borrow music from a variety of sources and arranging the music as necessary. The pieces by Narvaez
and Mudarra were originally written for the vihuela and the suites by De Visée and Bach have been
borrowed from the theorbo repertory. The Welsh pieces were originally conceived for the triple harp,
whilst the Dussek, Granjany and Glinka were originally written for the pedal harp.

The title of the CD plays on the fact that the triple-strung harp doesn’t have any pedals,
unlike its modern sister, the pedal harp. Instead it has three rows of strings with the two outside rows
tune diatonically to each other in the most convenient key with the sharp and flats sandwiched
between the outside rows. The harp used for this CD project is based on an italian arp a tres registre,
from the 17th century, but has a modern soundboard and box, and thus is somewhat of a cross breed.

I'd like to dedicate this CD to my family, especially my father, Dr. David Ward, for
having the patience and the skill to build my first harps, and for the encouragement in later years to
build and teach myself to play the triple harp, and to my partner in life and crime, whose enthusiasm,
love, and support is never ending. I'd also like to thank Dr. Mike Parker for all of his invaluable
advise and assistance over the years, Dr. Celia Briar whom introduced me to the harp in the first
place, Carolyn Mills of whom I was a student for many years, as well as Euan Murdoch, Bernard
Wells and Douglas Mews for their invaluable musical insight whilst I was completing my Masters
programme.

Robin Ward, Jan 2009

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