Contemporary Harp

This is a professional resource for composers and harpists to explore new repertoire and the philosophies and techniques that have produced these works. Contributing composers possess at least one of the following: formal degree in composition, performances by professional harpists, composer-in-residence for an artistic institution, professional awards and/or recognition by peers. Potential contributors please email me to be added.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Julieanne Rabens

Works for Harp:
Ataraxis for flute and pedal harp (in progress)

A Tree in Winter for pedal harp (6.5)

Cnidarian Nocturnes for pedal harp solo (18.5)

Meditation on a Fallen Leaf for pedal harp and horn, (10)
commissioned by Liz Cifani and Gail Williams

Bitterroot Soundscape for harp and chamber ensemble (20)

Saturniid Nocturnes for double strung harp (10)

Reveries for double strung harp (6)

Contact information:

Julieanne Rabens received a doctor of musical arts in composition from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln studying composition with Randall Snyder, earlier studies with Tyler White and Robert Beadell. She has participated in masterclasses held by John Corigliano, Libby Larsen, Lukas Foss, John Harbison, Peter Schikele, and Robert Sirota. She earned a master of music in harp from Northern Illinois University studying harp with Liz Cifani. She currently lives in Forest Lake, Minnesota with her husband Marty, who is a virtual reality software engineer.

Artistic Statement:
My aesthetic expresses a bittersweet sound-world in which the line between tension and resolution is blurred. Much of this sound has an ethereal delicacy, but also contains moments of drama. I prefer to use climax sparingly for greater effect. I strive towards a natural expression of musical ideas avoiding synthetic, rigorous organization. An intuitive compositional process rooted in symmetry, formal clarity, and lyrical lines generates my musical structures. The sounds and patterns of nature are consistently present in this expression.


Blogger Barb said...


Thank you for this resource of works for harp. I'm glad to see that Meditations is available. I enjoyed the premiere performance. I've included it in my list of works for horn and harp at If you ever write another work for horn and harp, please let me know so I can keep my list complete.

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