Listen to Erin play “Division on a Ground”:
Notes from the arranger:
This work can be performed several ways, on either lever harps or pedal harps.
2 harps: Harp 1 and Harp 4
In its simplest form, a musician or a pairing of a bass instrument and an embellishing choral instrument would perform the ground, while a solo instrument would perform the ten variations above it.
3 harps: Harp 1, Harp 4, and Harp 5
In another simple rendition, a second instrument is added to fill out the ground’s suggested harmonies.
3 harps (alternate): Harp 1, Harp 2, and Harp 5 In a more complex version, the division can be performed in canon to create counterpoint. Because the division is written to fit the 8-measure-long ground, it’s possible to layer any eight-measure variation on another.
4 harps: Harp 1, Harp 2, Harp 4, and Harp 5
The division’s variations are layered in counterpoint, and the ground’s harmonies are embellished.
5 harps: Harp 1, Harp 2, Harp 3, Harp 4, and Harp 5 In the most complex version, 3 layers of counterpoint in the division are played against 2 layers of the ground.
Harp 1- intermediate
Harp 2- intermediate
Harp 3- beginner/intermediate
Harp 4- beginner
Harp 5- beginner