These arrangements of The Wexford Carol are great for the late intermediate or advanced harpist.
Each arrangement two pages; intermediate/advanced; several lever changes; key of C or G. Chord symbols included. Arranged for full size harp (lowest note second C below middle C, highest note third 3 above middle C) or therapy harp (lowest note C below middle C, highest note third G above middle C).
Listen to The Wexford Carol (software-generated mp3):
Listen to The Wexford Carol (therapy harp) (software-generated mp3):
Fionnuala was the only girl in a family of boys, resented and ill-treated by their father's new wife. The stepmother eventually turned the lot of them into swans. I have set this tune with a left-hand that becomes almost a counter melody, with contrary and parallel motion. Play it simply and beautifully.
One and a half pages of music and text by Thomas Moore; Intermediate level; In A minor (key of C), with one pre-set G#; no lever changes, fingerings or brackets.
Listen to The Song of the Fionnuala (software-generated mp3):
This is a very old Irish tune, written by a fisherman and fiddler from the Northwest coast of Ireland, who, when out fishing with his mates one day, heard the tune mysteriously playing in the middle of the ocean. Believing it have an otherworldly origin, he named the tune after the, Pooka, an Irish water spirit. Later speculation tied the tune to migrating humpback whales. Either way, the tune is haunting.
This arrangement is spare and slow, using the harp to capture that otherworldly quality with slow rolls and harmonics. Part of the haunting quality comes from the switching from C natural to C sharp, a repeated change that is easy to achieve with the spareness of the left hand.
For early intermediate and above. One recurring lever change, Key of D. Two pages of music. No fingerings or brackets.
The recording will give you an idea, but the piece should be played very rubato.
Listen to Song of the Pooka (software-generated mp3):
The first verse features a simple accompaniment; choose to play only this version if you are a lower intermediate player. The second time through, I've added grace notes, rolled chords and some parallel passages, none of them too hard for solid intermediate players.
Intermediate level. In A Dorian (key of G). Two pages of music. No lever changes, brackets, or fingerings.
Listen to The Witches' Hill (software-generated mp3):
A rollicking reel, so fun to play! I've shared the love between two hands, making it achievable even for advanced beginners. There are some cool downward rolling chords for that spooky effect, and also some fun grace notes (leave them out until you can play the melody well without them).
In A minor (key of C); one page of music; no lever changes, fingerings or brackets.
Listen to The Tamlin Reel (software-generated mp3):
This version of the Tam Lin ballad has an unnamed maiden walking her father's grounds when a figure appears and demands to know why she is there. When she questions him he reveals himself to be the only child of Lord Robinson, and that he was stolen away by the faeries.
Verse one is simply accompanied, to let the lilting tune sparkle. Verse two features a moving ballad accompaniment in the left hand.
Accessible to early intermediate players. Two pages of music in A Dorian (the key of G). No lever changes, fingerings or brackets.
Listen to Lord Robinson's Only Child (software-generated mp3):