The Golden Hand - A Story with Harp Effects

Music by Janet Lanier
Story from the book "Spooky Oregon", retold by S.E. Schlosser

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This piece is a fun Halloween story with scary harp effects. The harpist can read the story and perform the harp effects alone but the piece can also be performed by a harpist and separate reader.  There are no lever/pedal changes in this piece but all the levers/pedals are preset to C Major with all the A's lowered to Ab and all the G's raised to G# creating very eerie chord choices.  There are also many special harp effects such as scraping the fingernail up a low harp string, rubbing a screwdriver along a low harp string, and many more to bring this spooky story to life.

The story is about a greedy man who finds out a widow has a fake golden hand. After he convinces her to marry him, he follows through with his evil plot to murder her with a slow poison. After he buries his dead wife and places her golden hand under his pillow, she returns as a ghost and seeks her revenge on him.

I performed this piece over the radio around Halloween for our local radio station KDNK in Carbondale.  Please enjoy and don't get too scared!
 Listen to the telling of The Golden Hand - A Story with Harp Effects

This is a good example of what the score looks like.  Don't let the key signature "scare" you.  All the levers/pedals are preset to C Major with all the A's lowered to Ab and all the G's raised to G#.

Price: $5.00