Spohr: Fantasie in C Minor, Op. 35

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  • Composer: Louis (Ludwig) Spohr
  • Editor: Masumi Nagasawa
  • Instrumentation: Harp
  • Work: Fantasie in C Minor, Op. 35
  • ISMN: 9790006574780
  • Size: 9.6 x 12.2 inches
  • Urtext / Critical Edition


Louis Spohr's Fantasia, Op. 35 from 1807 comprises one of the standard works for solo harp repertoire today. It was composed in Gotha, where Spohr's wife Dorette received harp lessons from the court chamber musician Johann Backofen. On the young couple's concert tours at that time, Dorette not only performed new compositions by her husband for this instrument, but also fantasias by her teacher. The influence of Backofen's works on Spohr's Fantasia is unmistakable.

This new Urtext edition by harpist and musicologist Masumi Nagasawa presents the two fantasias by Spohr and Backofen accompanied by a detailed Foreword (Ger/Eng) and Critical Commentary (Eng). The edition also contains a score of Spohr's Fantasia with fingering and further historically informed performance markings provided by the editor. in addition, a comprehensive Performing Practice Commentary (Eng) is included, in which the performance of this piece, originally written for the single pedal harp, is conveyed on the modern double pedal harp in accordance with the performance practice of Spohr's time (including fingering, tempi, ornamentation, pedalling techniques such as glissandi, etc.).

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