I read in orchestration books that a pedal configuration has to be indicated in front of the harp printed music. The books which I read describe three different format of laying out the pedal configuration (two by notes names, single line and double line, and one which represents the pedals setup graphically), but they do not elaborate where in the music score this configuration is to be placed. As I see it there are two possibilities:
1. In front of the harp part, just under the instrument name.
2. Under the staff, just before the first dynamic marking.
Any other possibilities? Well, where in the score should I place the pedal configuration?
Also, while my preference is with the graphic format (because it is more compact) I would like to know which of the three formats is preferred by the harp players.
Thanks for your response in advance.
Re: A question to harp players 00:28 on Sunday, April 29, 2012
Thank you for you response. I was not aware of the folk harp musical instrument which is controlled by levers rather than pedals, and I looked in Wikipedia for information about it. According to that information, the need to manipulate levers by hand forces interruptions in the musical performance. How serious is this problem? As far as I can imagine, this is not too bad with folk music. Did you ever try to perform any classical piece with this instrument?