Title Nouvelle Méthode pour apprendre à jouer de la Harpe en moins de six mois de leçons […]
Author Genlis, Stéphanie Félicité
Place Paris
Publisher Duhan
Year [1811]
Plate 189
Physical Description 65 p.
Language French
Type of Harp Simple Action Pedal Harp
Target Audience Teenagers (12-18 years)
Speed of Progression Fast
Structure of Method Lessons: many subjects studied simultanously
Type of Illustrations Drawings
Style of Music Classical
Musical Structure Exerices; Pieces
Elements of harmonical Theory No
Introduction 1
Position of the Harp 2
Elements of Musical Theory  
Beginning with 1 finger  
Beginning with 2 fingers  
Beginning with 3 fingers  
Beginning with 4 fingers 3
Chords, 3 fingers  
Chords, 4 fingers  
Pedals / Levers  
Scales 4
Trills, Tremolos, Bisbigliandi, Ornaments  
Muffled Sounds  
" Combine all these different movements … who will play well these lessons will know how to play the harp "
Introduction: long, with history on where from comes the harp, how the invoice to evolve, and who discovered pedals ( the brothers Gaiffres). Site all the big harpists, the composers and the professors of the epoch.
Chapter on the taste and the expression: treat the dynamics, the ornaments, for example.
Advices to the composers on the possibilities of the harp (explanation of the use of enharmonies)
First Lesson: presentation of the instrument: pedals (how use them); position in the harp (see drawing); position of fingers; work on pedals and tonalities; explanation of the scale.
Every lesson mixes several technical subjects such as: scales, arpeggios, cadences, ornaments, intervals, batterie, harmonics sounds. In each lesson there is a progression in the difficulties.
The method is divided in 2 parts : 1ste is texts and explanations ; 2de exercices, preludes and pieces with variations.
Originality: - suggest playing with the 5th finger and makes exercises to develop it!
Suggest learning the harp in 6 months (work 4 hours a day)
She advises to work separate hands and a lot to develop the left hand (work it more than the right hand)
Recommend that all the pieces of harpsichord can be played on the harp