By the late 18th century it was clear that traditional Irish harpers were nearly extinct. Reels:- Devany's Reel, The Goonies' Reel, McDermott's Reel, Sergeant Early's Dream, The Merry Blacksmith, Compliments to Seán Maguire, The Three Sisters, Jenny's Welcome to Charlie, The Graf Spee, The Humours of Ballyconnell. The Ship in full sail 5. Maidin bheag aoibhinn Pleasant early morning 11. The duet and ensemble arrangements work well in groups we've tried them out! But certain small portable harps seem to have originated among barbarian peoples of Asia. Hull has obviously put a lot of thought into it, always keeping the practical player in mind.
Fáinne geal an lae The Dawning of the Day 5. Note: some pieces have multiple lever changes, most notably the Ave Maria, which is the most advanced piece in the first book as far as the harp part is concerned, and Opus 13. There was little harp playing in Ireland after the beginning of the 1800's. A sure way to find out if you're really as consistent with your fingering and placing as you think. This entourage included an entertainment committee, consisting of a bard known as a file who composed elaborate Gaelic verse, a vocalist reacaire who read or sang the poems, and a harper cruitire who provided musical accompaniment. My first sight of the Irish harp occurred at Lark In The Morning. In Yr Hen Don, the dotted rhythms of the tune set against the regular beat in the bass hand sounded great on the double- strung, as did the sweet, bouncy nature of Y Corgi Bach, with its little offbeat moments and perky jumps.
Titles which are in a Celtic language have translations, which makes it easier to track down alternate versions of the tunes. Three Strathspeys for Harp - Sarona, Fiddler Play the Light, Brochan Lam. An Buachaill caol dubh The dark slender boy In stock. My trio arranges a lot of its own music, but we wanted to have at least a few collections we could just read straight, without modification. Bog braon do'n tSeanduine Warm a drop for the baby 23.
The pieces range from intermediate to advanced; it's one of those books that would be good for people wanting to improve their playing and challenge themselves you can start with the easier pieces, and work up to the more advanced ones. Híl sé 'na lá lt is not day 9. Today, harps are held against the right shoulder and the hands' playing positions are reversed. Covers a wide range of Celtic cultures: Irish, Welsh, Breton, Scottish, English, Cornish and Manx. Harp-like instruments found in Greece, China, Assyria, Persia and Egypt were too large to carry and, while they don't appear to have influenced early Irish harps, they may have influenced later changes through the appearance in Ireland of Christian travelers. Danny Boy is in the key of C. Gheobhair,a pháiste For you, my child 5.
However, some pieces really did need the full two bass octaves of the larger harp, such as the original piece Land of Lost Content. These times were truly a Golden Age for harpers; they were viewed as indispensable by their lords and patrons, and treated as highly valued members of the household. I'm always pleased to see collections for Celtic harp that make an effort to draw on all the different Celtic cultures. Bean an Fhir Ruaidh The Red-Haired Man's wife 24. Báidín Fheilimidh Phelimy's boat 15. Mór Chluana Mór of Cloyne 15. When there are enough players, it helps to double the melody.
Airiú Mhór A great keening 13. Five Pieces for Harp, Flute, and Cello. Uair Beag Roimh an Lá A little hour before day 12. All Through the Night is the most advanced arrangement, taking the familiar tune through several variations. Mo Ghile Mear My bright Prince 27.
History often repeats itself and a resurgence of the Irish harp seems to be occurring right now. Pilib an Cheoil Philip of the music 22. However all the other pieces would be playable on a harp with levers on the B's, F's and C's. By the 13th century the term was being applied specifically to the triangular harp. Súgradh Beanntraí The humours of Bantry 33. Bean an Fhir Ruaidh The Red-Haired Man's wife 24.
Song of the Chanter 31. The Road to Ballymac 12. Na Sióga The Fairies 29. The Harp is becoming more and more popular today and many young people attend Harp classes, undertake grade exams, compete in competitions etc. For those who like to make their own arrangements, the tunes in Book One can be easily modified to more advanced arrangements, and stand well on their own even with sparse accompaniment.
I thoroughly enjoy this collection. A seminal collection of Irish harp music, Rogha na gCruitirí, Harpers Choice gives a unique insight into 21st century Irish harping and reflects the diverse character of Irish harp-playing today. More information on Maryjean's publications can be found at. All in all, an enjoyable book, from which I intend to grab at least a few pieces to add to my repertoire for sure. This is Lisa Hull's first work for both pedal and non-pedal harp. The 5 pieces in the first book are: Ave Maria, Beethoven Opus 13, Blaenwern, Whispered Love, and Pachelbel Canon in D. Seán Buí John Bull 3.