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.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Michael Mauldin

Michael Mauldin

Works for Harp: (pedal)


Birds in Winter: Six Preludes for Harp (10.5)


Four Zuni-Mountain Miniatures (fl, ob, vln, vla, 'cello, harp) (14.5)
I. Summer Night
II. Autumn Morning
III. Winter Evening
IV. Spring Afternoon

Mountain Winds: Episodes for Flute, Oboe (or vln) and Harp
I. North
II. South
III. East
IV. West


With This Child: Christmas Cantata for Treble Voices and Harp (16.5)
I. Holy Mother
II. O Child, May We Know You
III. Now The Star
IV. Dream of Darkness
(harp interlude)
V. Song of Light

Contact Information:


Born in Texas in 1947, Michael Mauldin moved to New Mexico in 1971 for "the light, the space, and the timelessness." He completed a graduate degree in composition, opened a music school, raised a family and wrote music. The Music Teachers National Association recognized him in 1980 as the national Composer of the Year. In 1985, his "Fajada Butte" was performed in Kennedy Center by the National Repertory Orchestra for the 20th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches piano, voice, orchestration and composition in Albuquerque and at his composing and teaching retreat near Cuba, New Mexico.

Artistic Statement:

Perhaps part of the creative process of being a composer is to "play" with the listener's belief in resolution, satisfying it in part, or part of the time, but thwarting or delaying the resolution (or choosing to merely dissipate the musical tension) at other times.

Music reflects experience, but it is also a way to change it, since our esthetic perception can give us a "wordless" but powerful direction--sensed, yet known.


Blogger Barb said...

Thank you for posting this. I'm keeping a list of choral works that include harp. I've added your Christmas cantata to the list. It's posted at If you have any other compositions that fit this category, please let me know.

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