"Danish Fantasy"


The recently rediscovered Swedish harpist and composer Anton Edvard Pratté (1796-1875), once described by his contemporaries as "the Harpking of the North", composed over 200 works and enjoyed an illustrious career as a harp virtuoso, both in Scandinavia and Continental Europe, alongside other illustrious figures such as Elias Parish-Alvars (1808-1849) and Nicholas-Charles Bochsa (1789-1856). Interestingly, a critic compared Pratté´s playing with the latter, stating that Pratté was "the teacher" and Bochsa "the student"!
We are extremely grateful to harpist Delphine Constantin-Reznik for the opportunity for us to be the first to publish Pratté's harp music and for her dedication, hard work, enthusiam and diligence throughout this huge project. It is through her passion for pursuing new repertoire for the harp and researches in Swedish archives which has resulted in the unexpected discovery of the works of this Romantic harp virtuoso and prolific composer who, coincidentally, lived in the very same region and town as she does herself: Norrköping, Eastern Sweden.
Danish Fantasy is based on the royal anthem of the Kingdom of Denmark: "Kong Christian stod ved højen mast", generally thought to be a traditional Danish melody. It is one of the oldest national anthems in the world, adopted in 1780.
This is one of numerous Edvard Pratté compositions to be published by Alaw in the near future.
Advanced level
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Edited by: Delphin Constantin-Reznik

For: pedal harp


Not an ABRSM syllabus piece

Danish Fantasy

Composer: Anton Edvard Pratté, Edited by: Delphine Constantin-Reznik

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