Romanian Dances n. 3 and n. 4
for two Harps
In 1899 Franco Alfano wrote the Quattro Danze Rumene (Four Rumanian Dances) for piano, in homage, as he himself said, to a beautiful Rumanian girl. The version for two harps of the 3rd and 4th dance was the result of the collaboration between the composer and the harpist Amedea Redditi, teacher of Mirella Vita, and was performed for the first time at the Conservatory of Torino in 1937, when Franco Alfano was the Director of that prestigious Institute. These two pieces were very successful and Franco Alfano took care to include them in his concerts.
The revision made on these two Dances is only an equal division of the chromatic parts between the first and second harp, without touching anything regarding the melodic and rhythmic parts. These two Dances have been published because they are considered to be very interesting for inclusion in the repertoire for two harps – a repertoire to which Mirella Vita was very fond.