Brook Boddie (1968-2020), was a talented harpist, organist, pianist and composer who passed away suddenly at the age of 51. The Brook Boddie Hymnal, Volume I, contains previously unpublished pieces that Brook improvised and posted in the form of YouTube videos, beginning in 2009. Bill Ooms graciously volunteered to transcribe them, and Rhett Barnwell edited and revised them into the current published form. This version contains the pieces in the original keys and is designed for lever harps tuned in the key of E flat, or pedal harps. These arrangements and original compositions are all accessible to the intermediate harpist, with only 2 pedal or lever changes in the entire collection. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to a musical charity specified by Brook’s family.
Away in a Manger
Be Thou My Vision
Child in the Manger
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Fairest Lord Jesus
I Need Thee Every Hour
Jesus, What a Friend For Sinners
The King of Love My Shepherd Is
My Shepherd Will Supply My Need
Of the Father’s Love Begotten
Then We’ll Sing Hosanna
What Wondrous Love Is This
Posted by Thérèse Hurley on 13th Feb 2021
This collection of Brook Boddie's work is a treasure trove of beautiful, meditative solo harp works that are destined to become favorites with any church harpist. Included are familiar hymns with some original compositions. I just played through the entire book and some of the harmonies he uses are so moving. What an undertaking to collect and transcribe these, but also what a gift to all of us who will be able to help Brook's spirit live on as we share this music with others. Thank you!