Musical Steps can be paired with Musical Branches to create the suite below:
Steps and Branches
A Relative Waltz
A la Mode
Slide on Five
$2.50 – $15.00
ABOUT THE T.I.P.P. SERIES
The T.I.P.P. Series (Theory in Practice and Performance) is a multi-level set of instructional and performance pieces designed to introduce student harpists to the fundamentals of theory – harmony and rhythm. The pieces contained in each set may also be used as performance pieces in the form of a suite or stand-alone work.
The concept for the T.I.P.P. Series arose from the composers’ interest in creating works for students in the H.I.P.P. program (Harp Instruction and Performance Program), an afterschool program that introduces young learners to the harp. Students were able to build their knowledge of theory as they developed technique on the harp. Each piece has “free-style fingering” which allows the instructor to craft fingering conducive to the level and physique of the student.
ABOUT Musical BRANCHES
Simplicity draws from the simplistic nature of music that is performed in simple meter. The melodic and accompaniment material create a rhythmic drive similar to that of contemporary pop music.
Contrary demonstrates the flowing effect of compound meter. The title of the piece is in reference to the lines of the accompaniment moving in contrary motion. The melody is located in the lower voices, which is contrary to the way melodic material is traditionally performed in the upper voices.
Slide on Five is a fun and jazzy piece featuring the cool effects of the pedal slide. The piece has five beats per measure or complex meter creating a hip jazz feel reminiscent of the bebop era. Pedal slides are used throughout the piece in the melodic and accompaniment lines.
Listen to an example here: