Bernard Andrès: Sweet Blues (Harp)
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Composed for Pedal Harps, Sweet Blues is a piece of 4 minutes by Bernard Andrès. This melodious yet quite nostalgic work uses natural harmonies, pinched sounds, arpeggios and numerous pedal changes. Quite difficult, it would be better for advanced players.
Three parts can be differentiated: Lento, Piú lento and Piú lento. The first part starts with a tune in natural harmonies only by the right hand, followed by the same tune in pinched notes. The piece continues with soft ordinary sounds. Pinched sounds and natural harmonies re-appear in the last part, before the quiet finale.
Bernard Andres (born in 1941) is a world-known French Harpist and composer. Recognised for his work on both lever and pedal Harps and for chamber music pieces, some of his most famous pieces are 'Elegy to a dead Shepherd' and 'Anamorphoses'.