SM0061: The Irish Harper V1

The Irish Harper Volume 1 by Máire Ní Chathasaigh

Cover Image: The Irish Harper Voulme 2 by Máire Ní Chathasaigh

This book is the fruit of many years' experience of performing & teaching Irish traditional music to harpers by the pioneer & acknowledged leader in the field. It represents the first attempt in print to analyse & explain the aesthetic principles which inform the stylistically correct performance of this music on the harp. Most of these ground-breaking arrangements are of traditional Irish dance music, but also included are two songs and some unusual settings of the music of Turlough O'Carolan. Máire has recorded most of them on her albums 'The New Strung Harp', 'The Living Wood' and 'The Carolan Albums', and best results can be achieved by listening carefully to the recorded versions while following the written music.

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An Introduction to the Dance Music
Symbols Used in Harp Notation
Style and Technique
Background Notes on the Music

The Music
1. Eibhlín Ní Ríordáin's Slide
2. Marcshlua Uí Néill
3. Mairéad’s Mazurka
4. Julia Clifford’s Polkas
5. Walsh’s Hornpipe
6. The Peacock’s Feather
7. Cuach mo Londubh Buí
8. Caitlín Ní Aodha
9. The Sport of the Chase
10. Fanny Power
11. Tomeen O'Dea's Reel
12. Planxty Sudley
13. The Bantry Girls’ Lament
14. Madam Maxwell
15. The Gander in the Pratie Hole
16. The Queen of the Rushes
17. The Boys of Malin
18. The Old Oak Tree
19. The Pullet
20. The Volunteer

Score Information

Composer/Arranger: Turlough O'Carolan / Trad. arranged Máire Ní Chathasaigh
Instrumentation: Lever Harp
Level: Intermediate
Format: Wire bound
Size: A4
Total Pages: 38
ISBN: 1 873077 00 9
Our Ref: SM0061
Publisher: Old Bridge Music
Edition/Year: 2008 (Reprint)
Origin: UK

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