¿How to use the catalogue?

The works that appear in this catalogue are organized alphabetically by country and were attained by (a) individual contact with the composers, (b) individual contact with harpists that play Latin American music, (c) calls to composers through web listings (Compositores Venezolanos, Compvenez; Gaudeamus; Latin American Music Center, LAMC), (d) research of  bibliography, biographies, composers catalogs, harp music catalogs, personal archives, periodicals, congresses and concert programs, CD booklets, correspondence and copies of the works. In the catalogue only appear those countries whose composers are known to have written for the pedal harp.


The format adopted is used in Música latinoamerocana para violonchelo: Catálogo de obras (Marcano, 2004), and in its most complete form an entry will show the following information:



Listed by alphabetical order, it includes composers that were born in Latin America, or settled in Latin America during their creative life. In each case it is first indicated the surname in capital letters, followed by the name in capital and low case letters, separated by a comma, and followed by the date of birth and death in parenthesis. If the composer is alive, only the date of birth is shown preceded by the letter «n».


Consulted sources

The initials of the references where the information was located are given (see Abreviaturas de fuentes consultadas), followed by the page number and separated by a comma. When the information comes from a periodical and/or personal communications, the information is given as footnotes. When there are no initials, it means that the information was gathered from the scores, program notes or CD booklets. 


Number of works inside the local catalogue

It appears to the left of the title of the work.


Title of the work

It is presented in capital and low case cursive bold font, in the original language and in chronological order. If there is more than one work written in the same year, these works are listed alphabetically. If the dates of the compositions are unknown, the works are placed at the end of the entry, in alphabetical order. The composers whose compositions are classified by Opus (e.g. NASI, Mauricio), are ordered according to this parameter.



The title is followed by the instrumentation of the work, according to the template of modern orchestra scores. The word harp always refers to pedal harp; if the instrumentation calls for another type of harp, it is indicated as «tuyera», «paraguaya», «veracruzana», etc.


Date of composition                                    

It generally indicates the year in which the composition was culminated or the dates between which the composition of the work took place. If there have been revisions of the work, the composition date is indicated first, followed by the date of the revision separated by a comma.


Number of the work inside the general catalog

It appears to the right side of the date of composition.



If there are several editions, the number of it is indicated, followed by the city or country, the name of the publisher, the plate number if available and the year of publication in parenthesis. When the work is unpublished it appears as «inédita», and it also indicates its availability through the composer in digital or manuscript format. This information is gathered from scores, bibliographies, correspondence with harpists and composers. In most cases, for non-edited works, either photocopies authorized by composers or those of undetermined origin were used.



The approximate length of the work is given. This data is based on recordings of the works, bibliographical references, and the personal experience of the author or on the estimated calculus based on the metronomic markings or the tempoof the piece.



It indicates the names of each performer, orchestra, and conductor, name of the recording, the recording company, the company catalogue number, place and date. When the composer has a non-commercial recording, it is indicated as «grabación disponible a través del compositor».


Grade of difficulty

It presents the results of a study of the use of the technical devices in the scores that were available to the author of this book (see Study of the technical devices of the scores available). When a grade of difficulty is given and there was no access to the score, this data refers to this parameter as stated by Doris 1 (1995), or a data given by colleagues that have played or studied the work, in which case it is indicated as footnotes.


Additional Information

It provides information about (a) the text, indicating the name of the author of the lyrics of vocal works, or literary fragments that serve as inspiration or reference to instrumental compositions; (b) the number of movements in roman numerals, followed by the tempoindication and/or the names of the movements; (c) if the work was commissioned by any person or institution; (d) dedication; (e) the first performance, indicating the name of each performer, place, date and name of the event, (f) notes by the author or about the work, (g)  prizes awarded, and (h) versions of the work  for other instruments, written by the composer.


When one of the above mentioned categories is unknown, it is excluded from the final entry.



        1 Doris scale is from 1 to 3, the relation with the scale in this work is: 1=1, 1-2 = 2, 2 = 3, 2-3= 4, 3=5.








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