AJ1066: The Harpweaver

The Harpweaver
by Maeve Gilchrist


Cover ImageThe Ballad of the Harp Weaver

My first impression of this poem, from the 1923 Pulitzer-award-winning collection by the American poet Edna St Vincent Millay, was not of a tale of bleak circumstance but of the power of maternal love and the symbiotic relationship between instrument and player. I always loved hearing old-timers in New York referring to the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ worlds. It seems related somehow to this project which deals in the nostalgia I feel is inherent to traditional Irish and Scottish music and reflects my gratitude to my harp. It calls to mind old music-hall melodies, memories that won’t dissipate, the spell-binding recitation of a beautiful woman … In essence, this tangle of words and notes is my sonic postcard home, as I stand, like so many migrant musicians before me, on the bank of the Hudson and look East.

This collection of arrangements and transcriptions from the album is designed to launch you into the greater world of music and deepen your connection to our wonderful instrument. Go slowly, unveiling harmonic progressions, tuning into the rhythmic engine behind each piece, and use them as a jump-start for your own variations and explorations. I hold no claims to the exact rendering of these pieces as I wouldn’t dream of playing them the same way twice. Enjoy, learn and move forward in honing your own voice as a weaver of beautiful things.

Maeve Gilchrist

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Other music by Maeve Gilchrist


Table of Contents


The Harpweaver - Maeve Gilchrist

Chris Stout's Compliments to the Bon Accord Ale House - Chris Stout arr. Maeve Gilchrist

Ancestral Mud - Maeve Gilchrist

Four-note Arpeggio Exploration
Letting the Melody Sing

Brenda's Abbey - Maeve Gilchrist

The Calm - Maeve Gilchrist

Suspended 2nd and 4th chords
Kinetic Etude

The Storm - Maeve Gilchrist

Jumping Exercises

Hornpipe Set - Trad. arr. Maeve Gilchrist/Maeve Gilchrist

An Buchaill Caol Dubh - Maeve Gilchrist

Score Information

Title: The Harpweaver
Composer: Maeve Gilchrist
Instrumentation: Lever Harp
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Format: 220 x 305 mm wire bound book
ISBN: 9781908500441
Our Ref: AJ1066
Publisher: 80 Days Publishing
Distributor: Creighton's Collection
Edition/Year: 2020
Origin: UK

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