Harmonium - Classical Repertoire (Western Music)

Classical Repertoire (Western Music)

The harmonium repertoire includes many pieces written originally for the church organ, which may be played on a harmonium as well, because they have a small enough range and use fewer stops. For example, Bach's Fantasia in C major for organ BWV 570 is suitable for a four-octave harmonium.

  • Anton Bruckner. Symphony no. 7, an arrangement for chamber ensemble, prepared in 1921 by students and associates of Arnold Schoenberg for the Viennese Society for Private Musical Performances, was scored for two violins, viola, cello, bass, clarinet, horn, piano 4-hands, and harmonium. The Society folded before the arrangement could be performed, and it was not premiered for more than 60 years.
  • Alban Berg. Altenberg Lieder
  • William Bergsma. Dances from a New England Album, 1856 for orchestra. It includes parts for melodeon (movements I-III) and harmonium (movement IV).
  • William Bolcom. Songs of Innocence and of Experience for orchestra, choirs, and soloists, includes parts for melodeon, harmonica, and harmonium.
  • Frederic Clay. Ages Ago, an early work that features a harmonium part (libretto by W. S. Gilbert).
  • Claude Debussy. Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, a chamber ensemble arrangement by Arnold Schoenberg.
  • Antonín Dvořák. Five Bagatelles for two violins, cello and harmonium, Op. 47 (B.79).
  • Edward Elgar. Sospiri, Adagio for String Orchestra, Op. 70 (scored for harp or piano and harmonium or organ).
  • César Franck. The final collection of pieces popularly known as L'Organiste (1889–1890) was actually written for harmonium, some pieces with piano accompaniment.
  • Alexandre Guilmant, author of many duos for piano and harmonium, including:
    • Symphonie tirée de la Symphonie-Cantate "Ariane" (Op. 53)
    • Pastorale A-Dur (Op. 26)
    • Finale alla Schumann sur un noël languedocien (Op. 83)
  • Paul Hindemith. Hin und zurück (There and Back), an operatic sketch that uses a harmonium for its stage music.
  • Sigfrid Karg-Elert. Various works for solo harmonium.
  • Kronos Quartet. Early Music, an album that has several pieces featuring harmonium.
  • Henri Letocart (1866–1945). 25 Pièces pour harmonium, Premier cahier.
  • Franz Liszt. Symphonie zu Dantes Divina Commedia, Movement II: Purgatorio
  • Gustav Mahler. Symphony No. 8
  • George Frederick McKay. Sonata for Clarinet and Harmonium (1929) (also adaptable to piano or violin)
  • Martijn Padding. First Harmonium Concerto (2008) for harmonium and ensemble
  • Gioachino Rossini. Petite Messe Solennelle is scored for piano and harmonium.
  • Arnold Schoenberg. Herzgewächse, Op. 20, for high soprano, celesta, harp and harmonium.
  • Franz Schreker. Chamber Symphony
  • Richard Strauss. Ariadne auf Naxos an opera (libretto by Hugo von Hoffmansthal) that employs a harmonium in the orchestration of each of its versions. It requires an instrument with many stops, which are specified in the score.
  • Louis Vierne. 24 Pièces en style libre pour organ ou harmonium, Op. 31 (1913)
  • Alexander Zemlinsky
    • Six Maeterlinck Songs
    • Lyric Symphony

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