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 STEPS
A Relative Waltz is based on the relation between major and minor keys that share the same key signature. The waltz takes the listener on a whimsically journey of keys through a harmonic interplay of the major keys and their relative minor.
A la Mode features the harmonic qualities of the seven modes. The piece begins with a procession of scales moving in the shape of a pie overlaid with a flowing accompaniment line. A la Mode depicts a constant shift in tonality as it passes between each mode. The piece eventually fades away until it concludes on a cluster of fifths.
Spherical is atmospheric in nature, capturing the harmonic series of sound through the use of open fifths and harmonics. The piece is set in five in homage to the concept of the circle of fifths. The melodic and accompaniment lines compliment each other as they navigate through each key. An extended version of the opening material leads into a sweeping arpeggio that hovers over a sonorous chord.
Listen to an example here: