The Composer’s Harp Pedal Tracker

What follows here assumes that you know how the concert harp’s pedalling system works. If not, please look at How the harp’s pedals work below. And please note, I am not a harpist! Merely a composer who had to learn this stuff in order to write a few tricky harp parts.

Writing for the harp: the problem

The solution

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  • D
  • C
  • B
  • E
  • F
  • G
  • A

The harp sounds used here are from the Harp module available for Modartt’s Pianoteq 5, which ingeniously mimics the actions of the pedals, hence the subtle difference in sound between, for example, C and D.

How the harp’s pedals work

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I don’t propose to devote my life to working on this thing, but if you have any comments or suggestions, feel free to let me know.