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Théodore Labarre (1805-1870) succeeded Naderman at the Paris Conservatory, and his compositional style shows him to have inhabited a transitional space in the harp's technological development, half way between the established single-action pedal harp school and the development of the double-action pedal harp that we know today. The compositional innovations of Parish Alvars and the Godefroid brothers are the end result of the double-action pedal harp's development. Labarre's music bridges the space between Naderman's music and that of these later Romantic composers.
Born in Paris in 1805, Theodore Labarre came of the aristocratic family of du Berry, and he was a foster-brother of Napoleon III. He studied the harp with Bochsa, Cousineau, and Naderman. In England, he became an influential teacher, numbering amongst his students the brilliant harp virtuoso Elias Parish Alvars, who benefited greatly from the technical innovations Labarre developed for Erard's new double-action harp.
An arrangement for intermediate pedal harp by Kathy Bundock Moore of Lady Gaga's popular song "Bad Romance." This pieces starts out with the traditional arpeggios in the left-hand while the melody plays the right hand but as it develops the arrangement incorporates percussive harp techniques such as rapid glissandos, stacatto bass, and playing close to the soundboard.
Song by Francis Lai arranged by Eleanor Fell from the Salvi Pop Series. This is the theme song to the French film Un homme et une femme ( A Man and a Woman ) from 1966. Intermediate level. 3 pages.
In classical Greece, the dithyramb was a song in honor of Dionysus. Mitch Landy's lively, energetic piece evokes a feeling of ancient Greece in a work for solo harp. Intermediate level and playable on both pedal and lever harp, with no lever or pedal movements. 7 pages.