Salzedo Centennial Fund

Carlos SalzedoPentacle Salzedo’s Biography by Marietta Bitter and Jules Bouy’s Limited Edition “Tapestry” Poster now available (view below for details).

The AHS, Inc. Salzedo Centennial Fund was established to underwrite AHS's 1985 celebration of the centennial of the birth of Carlos Salzedo (1885 - 1961). The centennial celebration, chaired by Sylvia Meyer, was the focus of the American Harp Society's 23rd National Conference held in Columbus, Ohio, in 1985.

Of Basque descent, Carlos Salzedo was born and educated in France but emigrated to the United States as a young man. He became an internationally renowned performer, teacher, composer, arranger and innovator for the harp. Salzedo founded the harp department at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and had a widespread impact on the development of harpists and harp music both in this country and throughout the world. His lifelong work on behalf of our instrument led to a significant increase in its perceived spectrum of capabilities and flexibility, and added greatly to the available repertoire for harp.

Because funds remained after the 1985 centennial celebration, AHS decided to use this resource to make more of Carlos Salzedo's works available to the public. To date, the AHS, Inc. Salzedo Centennial Fund has published four works arranged, transcribed, or composed by Salzedo which previously had not been published in complete form. These works are offered for sale either through the AHS, Inc. Salzedo Centennial Fund directly, or from music distributors Vanderbilt Music or Lyon & Healy West.

This account of Salzedo’s life, written by his student and colleague Marietta Bitter, recounts his remarkable life story. She gives us the fascinating details of his professional and personal life, as well as the kind of intimate detail only possible from a close friend who was herself an eye witness to many of the events she describes. An indispensable book for those interested in the history of the harp, it will also fascinate readers looking to expand their understanding of the development of our American classical music scene.

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Jules Bouy Tapestry
Limited Edition Poster
The famous Jules Bouy Tapestry from the Salzedo School in Camden, Maine.  Available now for the first time in a limited edition poster.
Suitable for framing, it fits a standard 2’x 3’ poster frame.
$25 USA/$35 Canada

Available for purchase in the AHS Online Store.

Sheet Music Currently Available:

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La Cathedrale Engloutie (7 harps)

$40 (2 scores, 7 harp parts)


Children ‘s Corner Suite
(arr. for flute, cello and harp)

$35 (score, flute & cello parts)

De Falla

Seven Spanish Songs
(arr. for voice and two harps)

$20 (1 score)


(Suite for 2 harps)

$20 (1 score)


Available for purchase in the AHS Online Store.

Recordings Currently Available on CD:

Salzedo: On The Air!
Salzedo CDThis unique two-CD set presents the renowned harpist and composer, Carlos Salzedo, as he sounded in a series of national radio broadcasts originating from New York City as early as 1934. The listener hears the master perform and speak.  Also included are interview excerpts from a tribute to Salzedo shortly after his death in 1961, including Leopold Stokowski, Arnold Michaelis, Edgard Varèse, Martha Graham, and Lucile Lawrence. This CD set is the first of several recordings planned for release during the next few years by the Salzedo Centennial Fund of the American Harp Society. Proceeds of the sale of this CD set will be used to defray the costs of this first release and of future releases, which will include additional live radio transcriptions as well as re-releases of some of Salzedo’s studio recordings.

This two-CD set costs $25 and is offered for sale in the AHS Online Store.

Future Projects

The AHS, Inc. Salzedo Centenial Fund has prepared a list of additional compositions, transcriptions or arrangements by Carlos Salzedo which are otherwise unavailable to the public. We will publish these when funding permits, copyright clearance is verified, and they are copied and made 'camera ready'. Watch this space!

For information, contact:
Ellie Choate
PO Box 4761
Lakewood, CA 90711-4761