1 month ago
30 seconds by Pedram Babaiee 🇮🇷 Pedram.babaiee
I was so excited to receive this miniature last week as it is my first composition from Iran! I have started watching lots of videos of the Chang, the Iranian Harp, thanks to brilliant Iranian Chang players on Instagram such as rahele.firouzi . For anyone who has not seen a Chang before I urge you to check it out - it basically looks like an upside down harp that rests on a table. However, the harp is almost certainly derived from the Chang so it is us harpists who have turned it upside down. Pedro has sent me a link to a YouTube video introducing the Chang (click link in bio).
Pedro your miniature all worked on the harp. I slowed the tempo right down, so I realise it isn’t Allegro. To achieve fast runs of notes on the Harp notes need to be placed in groups of four. Now although your notes can be shared between two hands as there are only 8 ascending notes in each pattern, because the hand needs to stretch larger than an octave it wasn’t possible to place all 4 notes in each hand in advance. Instead I needed to jump my hands over each other, which takes a bit more time. For fast runs keep the hand stretch to one octave max. For chords a stretch of a tenth is the max, but if you are happy for the chord to be arpeggiated we can stretch as far as you like (if we can use two hands/ have time). Thank you Pedram for being my first Iranian composer 👏🏻🇮🇷💕
P.s. this was recorded during a rehearsal break today at one of London’s best concert halls too: Queen Elizabeth Hall southbankcentre 😊
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