Composer Dr. Vanessa Sheldon

As a composer of acoustic and electronic music, Dr. Sheldon draws her
inspiration from nature and life events. Most of her music is
programmatic and tonal with inflections from popular music as well as
late 19th century forms and harmonies. Dr. Sheldon's acoustic music
ranges from solo instrumental works to chamber music and songs as
well as film and video game soundtracks.

Selected samples:

Journey of a Falling Leaf: for solo harp or piano

Vision in Vanilla: a rock-style composition featuring keyboard, drums
and  guitars

Moody: an electronic composition utilizing live sources, manipulated
recorded sounds and computer-generated sounds.

The CD
Here's to You! includes solo compositions "Journey of a
Falling Leaf" and "One Last Beauty." The more upbeat "Sebastian's
Salsa" for harp ensemble can be found on
Compositions and New Music for Harp
Transcription and Arranging:

Beginning with her doctoral dissertation, "Franz Liszt and the Harp",
Dr. Sheldon maintains a great interest in transcribing great works of
music not written for the harp, transforming them into idiomatic harp
compositions. She often presents lecture recitals detailing the history of
the works transcribed as well as the transcription process itself. Works
she has transcribed range from piano solos of Beethoven, Debussy,
Chopin and Joplin to orchestral works of Vivaldi, to recent jazz, popular
and rock music not often heard on the instrument. In addition, she
arranges music of all genres for solo harp and ensembles of various sizes
and instrumentation.

Dr. Sheldon's newest CD,
Gold2Ivory, includes the four Liszt
transcriptions from her dissertation as well as her interpretation of
Delibes' "Flower Duet" from Lakme.
Promotion of New Music:

For the past several years Dr. Sheldon has worked as an advisor and
editor to student and professional composers. As a result she has
premiered works by local and international composers in such venues as
the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She is always interested in
working with composers curious about the timbral possibilities and
intricacies of the harp.

Reverie (for Vanessa Sheldon) by Masatoshi Mitsumoto