Variations Sur Un Thème Dans Le Style Ancien by Carlos Salzedo is the third and final work of a series called “Three pieces” for solo pedal Harp. Difficult to play, it is rated 8° and requires good mastering of the instrument and of its technique, including the pedals. Using the full range of the instrument, this work features numerous trills, glissandos and accidentals among other technicalities and is divided between really fast and more quiet parts.
Really delightful, this melodious piece is composed of a main theme and eleven variations:
Main Theme (Maestoso) is composed of chords
I. A tempo, Graziamente
II. Tempo di Bourrée
IV. L’Istesso tempo
VII. Molto piú lento
VIII. Vivo risoluto
IX. Lento, tempo di Barcaruola
X. Como un preludio
Finishing on the main theme a Tempo, this wonderful work is an amazing piece to include in a concert or a recital.
Carlos Salzedo (1885-1961) was a French harpist and composer who wrote and transcribed numerous pieces for the Harp. He also wrote some pedagogical publications for harpists.