Harmonica Transcriptions

Classical music repertoire for chromatic harmonica seems to consist of virtuosic original or transcribed showpieces with orchestral accompaniment, or dumbed-down arrangements of classical themes. Not that players won't find usable material if they search for original or transcribed music for other instruments; there are print sources for flute, oboe and violin repertoire playable on chromatic harmonica, available for purchase or free download from several websites. 

These Harmonica Transcriptions are unlikely to be found elsewhere; the selections are transcribed from solo piano scores, with a solo cello piece, a string orchestra transcription and two guitar solos as well. The selections range from easy to challenging, 17th to 21st Centuries, familiar tunes and tuneful strangers.

The Requirements Table on the next page lists Titles, Difficulty rankings, Harmonica by hole count and reed count, and number of Pages:

Titles are in alphabetical order within each ranking of Difficulty.

Difficulty is subjective, but should provide a rough guideline. Rankings are for the harmonica only; accompaniments are not ranked. Samples of the first page of each score may be helpful to determine difficulty.

Harmonica lists chromatic harmonica ranges by number of holes|number of reeds. 12|48 spans three octaves, starting with Middle C. 14|56 spans three and one half octaves starting on G below Middle C. 16|64 spans four octaves starting on the C below Middle C. Tenor is a harmonica built an octave below a standard 12|48.  Some pieces may be played on a smaller instrument by dropping the octave doublings or playing certain phrases an octave higher. These alternatives are shown in brackets after the recommended size.

Pages is a general indication of duration. However, a few of the smaller ones have repeated passages that add to their length.