Harp Gliss Playback

Version 01.98.00
Added 27 Jun 2016 (last updated 05 May 2021)

For use with Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1, Sibelius 7.5, Sibelius 8.x, Sibelius 18.x, Sibelius 19.x, Sibelius 20.x, Sibelius 21.x, Sibelius 22.x, Sibelius 23.x and Sibelius 24.x

Harp Gliss Playback generates MIDI messages to produce correct playback for harp glissandos using a specified 7-pitch harp tuning.

It is a rewrite and enhancement of the downloadable Harp Gliss plugin, which was written by the late Ian Cugley. In addition to the playback, it can write out a harp pedal diagram, and/or tuning text describing the tuning. Like Harp Gliss, you can select 2 notes and have the plugin generate MIDI messages for that gliss from a typed-in tuning. It is also capable of calculating the tuning based on key signatures, notes, and tuning indications, and can process multiple glissando lines at one time.

Details and limitations of the plugin are described in the document The Harp Gliss Playback Plugin, included in the plugin zip file.

The zip file also includes the plugin Trace Harp Tuning, which calls code in Harp Gliss Playback to calculate and trace the harp tuning at the start of a selection. This can be useful when running other harp plugins that require a tuning as input.

Updated 9 July 2016. Restructured to make callers like Harp Gliss and Octave Notes work better.

Updated 18 November 2017. Updated plugin file and PDF file to warn that the plugin does not work with Magnetic Glisses in a passage selection in Sibelius 8.6 and later.

Updated 22 Feb 2020. Version 01.97.00. Tidying the warnings about magnetic glisses.

Updated 05 May 2021. Version 01.98.00. Moved the warning about Magnetic Glisses later and tidied some code.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.