Graduation Recital by Harpist Anna Odell

Anna Odell

A graduation recital by Anna Odell, harp. Anna entered Curtis in 2012 from McLean, VA, and studied with Elizabeth Hainen, the Maryjane Mayhew Barton Chair in Harp Studies. Her program:

Marcel Grandjany: Fantaisie sur un thème de J. Haydn
Anna Odell, harp
Fantaisie sur un thème de J. Haydn was published in 1958.
Marcel Grandjany (1891-1975) a harpist and composer was born in Paris moved to the United States in 1926. Grandjany takes a very simple Haydn theme and develops it in variations. This piece is marked: Introduction; Theme; Variations.

Hindemith: Sonata for Harp
Anna Odell, harp
Paul Hindemith had an innate grasp for almost every instrument and wrote sonatas for them as well, for example he wrote sonatas for tuba, bassoon, oboe and harp. The Sonata for Harp was written in 1939 for Harpist Clelia Gatti-Aldrovandi. The third movement of the sonata is based on the German poem “Lied” by Ludwig Christoph Heinrich Hölty. The three movements are marked: Mäßig schnell; Lebhaft; and Lied: Sehr langsam.

Camille Saint-Saëns: Fantaisie in A major, Op. 124
Anna Odell, harp and Adé Williams, violin

This work by composer Saint-Saëns was dedicated to the sisters Marianne Eissler, a violinist and Clara Eissler, a harpist, who he met ten years prior to composing Fantaisie in A major, Op. 124 in 1907. After their meeting he had promise them a duo. They premiered the piece in London and it became a favorite with audiences.

Debussy: Sonata
Anna Odell, harp; Lydia Roth, flute; and En-Chi Cheng, viola
This Debussy Sonata for flute, viola and harp was originally written for flute, oboe and harp, he changed the instrumentation from oboe to viola because it suited the mood and the sound he wanted for the piece. Written in 1915, the work has three movements: Pastorale: Lento, dolce rubato; Interlude: Tempo di minuetto; and Finale: Allegro moderato ma risoluto.

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