KL001: Affairs of the Harp

Affairs of the Harp
Kathleen Loughnane

Cover Image: Affairs of the HarpIn this new edition, nine additional pieces have been included so that it now more fully reflects the contents of the companion CD, also called Affairs of the Harp. The musical contribution of my friends Alec Finn, Sean Ryan, Sharon Shannon, Mary Staunton, and Martina Goggin made the recording of the album a great pleasure for me and gives added warmth and colour to the various moods of the harp.

Much of the music in this collection is drawn from work of the harper composers of the 17 and 18 centuries, and the mostly anonymous composers of the dance music. The shapes of the arrangements owe much to the musicians I have listened to along the way. There is nothing sacrosanct or final about the written arrangement and it is only by listening to traditional musicians, especially the solo player, that a sense of style and ornamentation is acquired.

My hope is that these arrangements will strike a true chord in those who play them. The Irish harp is currently enjoying a remarkable revival. It has played a significant part in the story of Irish music for over a thousand years, and happily, as we move forward in the new millennium, it has returned to take its place in the heart and mainstream of that music.

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Contents & Audio Samples

Tunes in the book

1 MISS HAMILTON
2 LADY DILLON
3 I'll MEND YOUR POTS AND KETTLES. O!
4 THE OPEN ROAD
5 THE DRUNKEN SAILOR
6 LADY IVEAGH
7 CASTLE KELLY
8 THE WILD GEESE
9 MCCONNELL’S BARN DANCE
10 KITTY SHEÁIN’S BARN DANCE
11 GRAINE UAILE
12 THE MISTLETOE WALTZ
13 GREEN WOODS OF TRUIGHA
14 THE WESTERN HORNPIPE
15 INION AN FHAOIT ON NGLEANN
16 PRESIDENT GARFIELD’S HORNPIPE
17 THE WATERFORD WALTZ
18 PORT ATHOLL
19 THE ROLLING WAVE
20 THE WOMAN OF THE HOUSE
21 LADY GETHIN
22 MORGAN MAGAN
23 MOLLY MAC ALPIN
24 JERRY'S BEAVER HAT
25 THE KILKENNY RACES
26 LADY EDWARDS

Composers Notes

Foreword

In this new edition, nine additional pieces have been included so that it now more fully reflects the contents of the companion CD, also called Affairs of the Harp. The musical contribution of my friends Alec Finn, Sean Ryan, Sharon Shannon, Mary Staunton, and Martina Goggin made the recording of the album a great pleasure for me and gives added warmth and colour to the various moods of the harp.

Much of the music in this collection is drawn from work of the harper composers of  the 17 and 18 centuries, and the mostly anonymous composers of the dance music. The shapes of the arrangements owe much to the musicians I have listened to along the way. There is nothing sacrosanct or final about the written arrangement and it is only by listening to traditional musicians, especially the solo player, that a sense of style and ornamentation is acquired.

My hope is that these arrangements will strike a true chord in those who play them. The Irish harp is currently enjoying a remarkable revival. It has played a significant part in the story of Irish music for over a thousand years, and happily, as we move forward in the new millennium, it has returned to take its place in the heart and mainstream of that music.


The book also contains both
Notes on the Tunes and Notes on Harping and a list of source material

Library Information

Title: Affairs of the Harp
Composer/Arranger: Kathleen Loughnane
Instrumentation: Lever Harp
Level: Intermediate Level
Format: Stapled
Size: A4
Total Pages: 42
Weight: 260gm
ISMN: M 9002013 2 4
Our Ref: KL001
Publisher: Reiskmore Music
Edition/Year: 2002 Extended Edition
Origin: Ireland (EU)

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Sample of the music

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