A SHORT HARP HISTORY QUIZ
1. Which famous harpist was employed by the Cincinnati Symphony at at fifteen?
2. Which famous harpist left a job as Principal Harpist with the Cleveland Orchestra to become a full-time studio musician and arranger?
3. Which famous harpist played a three-month international tour, sponsored by the United States Government?
4. Which famous harpist left a recorded legacy of over twenty solo harp albums?
5. Which famous harpist was named "Musician of the Year" by the University of the Philippines?
6. Which famous harpist, a founder of the American Harp Society, premiered Vincent Persichetti's "Sonata for Flute and Harp" with flutist Arthur Lora?
7. Which famous harpist is heard improvising harp parts on the legendary jazz album, "Charlie Parker and Strings?"
8. Which famous harpist was hand-picked by Arturo Toscanini to be Principal Harpist of the NBC Symphony?
9. Which famous harpist harpist had an older brother who played Principal Harp in the Chicago Symphony for thirty-four seasons?
10. Which famous harpist, equally talented as a pianist, was happiest when playing golf or gardening?
The answer is:
(Photo used with permission from The Chicago History Museum)
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For the first time, his harp transcriptions, arrangements, popular solos, etudes and original compositions are available through
St. Francis Music Publications, in cooperation with Elaine Vito Ricci.
From the Library of Edward Vito
- For Solo Harp -
Boccherini, L. - Minuet from the String Quartet in Eb, Peroglesi, G.B. - Nina, Rameau, J.P. - Gavotte and Variations – $20.00 (H0701)
Grieg, Edvard - Prelude to the Holberg Suite (Opus 40), Grieg, Edvard - To Spring (Opus 43, No. 6) – $20.00 (H0702)
Edward Vito - Theme and Variations (in the Style of Beethoven), Beethoven, Ludwig von - Sonata (Opus 27, No. 2) "Moonlight", First Movement, Beethoven, Ludwig von - Minuet in G, Beethoven, Ludwig von - Sonata in Ab (Opus 26) Andante – $20.00 (H0703)
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus - Turkish March, Handel, George Frederick - Harpsichord Suite No. 7 (Allegro, Sarabande, Gigue, Passacagalia) – $20.00 (H0704)
Foster, Stephen - Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair, Foster, Stephen - Come Where My Lovelies Dreaming, Foster, Stephen - Beautiful Dreamer, Vito, Edward - Irish Melody – $20.00 (H0705)
Strauss, Richard - Traumeri, Tchaikovsky, Peter I. - Dance Russe, Rachmaninoff, Serge - Variation XVIII Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Moskowski, Moritz - Valse Celebré – $20.00 (H0706)
Chopin, Frederick - Fantaisie Impromtu (Opus 66), Chopin, Frederick - Etude "The Harp" (Opus 10, No. 11), Chopin, Frederick - Valse in Db ("Minute Walse") (Opus 64, No. 1), Vito, Edward - Petite Valse in Memory of Frederick Chopin – $20.00 (H0707)
- Music For Harp and Other Instruments -
Mozart - Sonata in Cmaj, K545 for Harp and Stings, arr. by Edward Vito
- Contemporary Works For Harp -
Koussevitzky - Four Original Pieces (Chanson Triste, Valse Miniature, Andante, and Humoresque) (Solo Tuning - Bass with Harp [Piano]) - $16.95 (B0506)
Sevitzky, Fabien - Two Original Pieces (Chanson Triste and Nocturne) (Solo Tuning - Bass with Harp [Piano]) - $12.95 (B0601)
Volpe, Arnold - Two Pieces: Cavatina and Chant d'Amour for Cello or Double Bass (Solo Tuning) and Piano (Harp) - $9.95 (B0502)
Koussevitzy - Chanson Triste (Bass - Solo Tuning) String Parts with Harp (No Solo Part or Score is included) - $8.95 (B0602)
Drew - Mini Suite (Parade - Lullaby - Carnival) - for Beginning Strings with Guitars(s) and/or Harp(s) (ad lib.) Score and Parts (4-2-2-1-1-1) - $14.95 (B0509)
Drew and Whitcup - A Simple Meditation and Thanksgiving for Beginning Strings Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass with Harp (Keyboard) - Score and Parts (4-2-2-1-1) Set - $19.95 (B0402)
Holst - Seven Scottish Airs for String Orchestra (String Quartet) with Harp, Score and Parts (3-3-2-2-1) $19.95 (B0508)
Drew - Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi for Soprano (Tenor), Flute (Oboe), and Harp (Keyboard) - $7.95 (B0101P) A simple setting of the famous prayer- for church or concert performance
DeSena, Federico - Directed Ambience (includes Digital Sound File - CD Rom) – $40
Von Pechy Whitcup, Valerie - Flight of Fancy for Oboe, Bassoon and Harp – $40
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