Elizabeth Volpe BlighHarp


Composing and Arranging

Solos for Lever and Pedal Harp composed by Elizabeth Volpé Bligh

Published by Kathryn Cernauskas at The Avondale Press

This book includes six original pieces in the Royal Conservatory of Music Harp Syllabus and three in the 2016 Trinity College London (UK) Strings Syllabus. There are arrangements of Black is the Colour of My True Love's Hair and the Flower Duet from Lakmé. At the beginning are several pages of tips on how to play the pieces, program notes, general tips on technique, and a glossary, all done in a humorous style. The book was reviewed in Jan Jennings' column in Harp Column magazine.

Winter in Vancouver, published by The Avondale Press - performed at World Harp Congress 2011

Summer in Vancouver, premiered as part of the whole "Seasons" suite at World Harp Congress 2014

Seasons in Vancouver published by The Avondale Press

In addition, Elizabeth has done arrangements of orchestra parts and other pieces. Elizabeth premièred her arrangement of Dvorak's Song to the Moon from Rusalka for two harps on Sept. 21, 2008, at the Harpists' Tribute to Jurgen Gothe concert, with Blanche Olivar playing the other part. It is also available for flute and harp, and was performed in July 2008 by Susi Hussong on harp and Patrick Austin on violin at Pacific Harp Institute's Faculty recital. The famous Fanfarinette, the theme music for CBC Radio's Disc Drive, was arranged for harp duet and performed as a large ensemble for this occasion as well.  A Baroque-style arrangement by Elizabeth and a jazz arrangement by Christa Grix were performed.

Winter in Vancouver, premiered June, 2009 at Celtic Traditions, YouTube video

"At the Congress I purchased a stack of CDs and scores including your pieces published by The Avondale Press. Although my piano playing is a very poor substitute for a harp, I can nevertheless imagine how very effective they would sound on a medium-size harp. I am particularly charmed by The Downstairs Spider as well as Winter in Vancouver, which brings to mind Monet's snow pictures."
With best regards,
Michael Kimbell