Music for wire-strung harps
Karen taught regular workshops for the Wire Branch of the Clarsach Society from 2011-2016, and has published some of these workshop pieces as pdf and mp3 packages - giving the music notation and a recording of each part to help students learn. They are available here.
She has also published an introduction to playing wire-strung harp, First Steps, and a book, Key Techniques, which explores various techniques necessary for playing and damping the strings. Guid Scots Sangs, a collection of songs arranged as instrumental airs for 19 string wire-strung clarsach was published in 2014.
Her latest commissioned arrangement is of the Scots song Birnie Boozle, and was sent out to members of the Wire Branch on Halloween! It will be available to purchase as a pdf and audio file package from 1 July 2017.
Half Ower, Half Ower tae Aberdour, a new commission for solo wire-strung harp was available to members of the Wire Branch of the Clarsach Society as part of their membership package until 30 June 2014. It is now available to buy here.
Another new piece for solo, large, wire-strung harp (four octaves), Postcard to Kenroku-en, was written in May/June 2014 and is available here as a digital score and recordings package. Inspired by the beautiful Japanese garden that a friend was visiting, this 'marchlike and serene' piece has both Scottish and Japanese influences. Just as the garden is designed to be strolled around, this tune wanders about all four octaves of the harp, encouraging the player to explore the different timbres of the bass octaves especially.