French born harpist and composer, Marcel Grandjany
(1891-1975) studied at the Paris Conservatoire before spending much of his working life in America. His Trois petites Pièces
were composed in Grandjany
's early career and are simple and enjoyable works, suitable for beginner harpists. Grandjany
was a teacher of Harp at the Julliard School for 37 years whilst also composing and transcribing many works for the instrument. Made up of three movements, Trois petites Pièces
begins with a delicate Rêverie (daydream). The second piece, a Nocturne, contains variations in tempo, time signature and dynamics. The Barcarolle third movement is the most challenging of the three pieces, accommodating the key of G? major, 6/8 time signature and semiquaver flourishes. All these combined aspects of Trois petites Pièces
make for a thrilling performance for beginner harpists.