SM196: The Clarsach Collection Volume 2

Sheet Music for Harp
The Clarsach Collection Volume 2 - Intermediate

Karen Marshalsay

Cover ImageThis second volume in the series is aimed at intermediate level players, who might be working with a teacher or on their own, and are interested in playing Scottish tunes in traditional style. The level of pieces are about Grades 4-6, and various tune types are included: slow airs, strathspeys, reels, jigs and marches. Some are old and somea are quite new, having been written by Karen herself, notably the set from her Distil composition Thomas the Rhymer.

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Artist Profile and catalogue of works - Karen Marshalsay

Contents & Introduction


A Scots Tune  Air
MacKinnon’s Brook   Strathspey
The Kilt is My Delight   Reel
An Drochaid Chlùiteach  Reel
Cuttie’s Wedding   Strathspey
The Battle of the Somme  Retreat March
Da Day Dawn   Slow Air
The Rhymer’s Reel / The Elfen Queen/ The Fairy Piper’s Jig (from Thomas the Rhymer)
The Boy’s Lament for his Dragon  2/4 March
The Red Haired Girl of Tulloch  Strathspey
Snow on the Hills   Slow Reel
Tracy’s Wriggly Jig  Jig
The Twenty-Fifth String  Slow Air
St Anne’s Reel   Reel
Willafjord   Reel

About this music

These are some of my favourite Scottish tunes, along with a few of my own compositions. I have added some fingerings and grace notes to give an idea of how I would play them, though of course, in traditional playing you don’t have to stick rigidly to the written arrangement. Indeed some variation in terms of decoration and accompaniment would be expected of a good trad player. Try these fingerings out, even if they seem a bit strange to you, as they help with the rhythm and feel of the pieces. Afterwards, if you’d rather change them, then do what suits you.

I’ve gathered these tunes into my repertoire over quite a few years and have learned them from many different sources, some from folk I’ve played with and others from folk I’ve taught! Thanks to all those in both categories for the music and the fun.

Quite a few of these tunes are dance tunes, but remember that they don’t need to be played all that fast – the rhythm and phrasing are much more important than mere speed –so never try to play any faster than you can comfortably manage.

Karen Marshalsay
Glasgow, 2010

Library Information

Title: The Clarsach Collection Volume 2 - Intermediate
Contents: see "Contents" panel above
Composer/Arranger: Karen Marshalsay
Instrumentation: Wire Strung Clarsach / lever Harp
Level: Intermediate
Format: Stapled
Size: A4
Weight: 115gm
ISMN: --
Our Ref: SM196
Publisher: Marsharp Music
Edition/Year: 2010
Origin: UK (EU)

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Sample of the music