SM0639 Dancing Strings

Dancing Strings
for Concert Harp
Anne Macdearmid

Front Cover ImageThis piece was written after a request from Edward Witsenburg, the renowned Dutch harpist, as a companion arrangement to a previous work Tir-Nan-Og, which I had written for him. It is an arrangement of three Scottish reels - Red House, John McNeil and Spey in Spate.

Red House: this melody dates from the 17th century. This version of the melody was later named "Where would bonnie Annie lie?" (I hasten to add - nothing to do with me). John McNeil: written by Peter Milne (1824 - 1908) one of J. Scott Skinner's teachers. He lived most of his life in Tarland, where he worked as a farm boy. He was a self-taught fiddler and earned his living playing in theatres throughout the country. John McNeil was a famous highland dancer at the turn of the century. Spey in Spate: The River Spey is a very deep, fast flowing river in Speyside and the tune reflects the river when in full flood (spate). It was written by J. Scott Skinner, a famous fiddle composer born in Banchory, Aberdeenshire (1843 -1927). He was also a virtuosic performer.

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Title: Dancing Strings
Works: 1
Composer: Anne Macdearmid
Instrumentation: Pedal Harp
Level: Advanced
Format: A4 Score
Weight: 35gm
ISMN: --
Our Ref: SM0639
Publisher: Macdearmid
Edition/Year: 2001
Origin: UK