The Harp Concerto (1939) occupies a special place among Alexander Mosolov (1900–1973) — a brilliant representative of the avant-garde trend in Russian music works. Conceived while still in prison, it manifested in a way Mosolov’s departure from his former artistic principles and the very music language. Emotionally powerful, distinctly original in melodic and harmonic aspects, featuring a soloist as a leading figure in relation to the orchestra, somewhat impressionistic music texture formed a model inclined towards romantic tradition. Perhaps this traditionalism was the key to the popularity of the Mosolov Concerto with harpists.
The concerto originally contained four movements. The basis for this publication, however, is the author’s piano reduction of the three-movement version, made by A. Mosolov on the recommendation of the conductor Alexander Gauk’s advice; the third movement (Gavotte) which is in addition to the above mentioned clavier is included in the Appendix.
The harp part was edited by the first performer of this work, People’s Artist of the USSR V. G. Dulova. The solo harp part of the present edition also contains marks and fingering by Honored Artist of the Russian Federation I. A. Donskaya.
A. Mosolov. CONCERTO FOR HARP AND ORCHESTRA. Arranged for harp and piano by the author
1. Concerto (Music text example)
2. Nocturne (Music text example)
3. Toccata (Music text example)
Appendix. [3. Gavotte]. Arranged for harp and piano by Ye. Isayenko