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):
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):
Like the famous Butterfly, this tune is a slip jig, in 9/8 time. It's a lot of fun to play and a great addition to your ghostly repertoire. The first verse features a rollicking open hand pattern in the left hand--it looks impressive but is not hard to master. There is also some fun parallel motion in the second verse.
A Dorian (key of G); 2 pages of music. No lever changes. No fingerings or brackets.
Listen to Wandering Spirit (software-generated mp3):
Sometimes a beautiful tune in an appropriately simple setting is the most satisfying, and certainly the most useful for many healing settings. This peaceful and moving tune in the Dorian mode is also a great "next piece" for beginning harpists who are ready for something a bit different than the standard Celtic repertoire.
Late Beginner level; D Dorian (Key of C); no lever changes, fits therapy-harp range. One page.
Listen to Cantiga of Alfronso Sabio (software-generated)
In an unusual twist on the typical fairy/mortal love story, this song is sung by a forlorn fairy who met a young mortal girl while she was out cutting bracken (ferns) and fell in love. When her family discovered her secret lover, they locked her away. Now he sits on the hillside, pulling the bracken, despairing over her. This arrangement plays up the pining tone with some jazzy chords and also includes some fun running left-hand patterns.
A Dorian (Key of G). Intermediate; no lever changes; includes notes and words, 2 pages of music.
Listen to The Fairy Love Song (software-generated mp3)
This gorgeous waltz is in the Dorian mode, and has a dreamy, wistful quality to it. Because of the sweeping quality of the melody, I've kept the left hand arrangement simple. Playable by early intermediate harpists, this is a great first piece for easy lever changes (or leave them out by playing the high F# in place of the D#).
E Dorian (Key of D); three pages. Grace note; two lever changes.
Listen to Crossing to Ireland (software-generated mp)
Composed by Samuel Lover in the 1840s, The Fairy Boy expresses the grief of a mother who believes her child has been stolen by malevolent fairies, leaving a sickly child to waste away in his place. It in the Dorian mode.
Late Intermediate; there are running sixteenth note passages, grace notes and harmonics. No lever changes. A Dorian (key of G); 2 pages.
No lyrics remain for this lilting Robin Hood ballad. In the Dorian mode, it is very suitable for therapeutic harp work. It can be played on any harp with at least a full octave below middle C.
D Dorian (key of C). Early intermediate; no fingerings or brackets; 2 pages.
Listen to My Robin is to the Greenwood Gone (software-generated)
This lovely Scottish song from the mid 1800s speaks of the wistful longing for home and is often used as a lullaby. It is in the Dorian mode. This arrangement features beautiful interplay between the hands and a seldom-heard second section of the melody.
Intermediate; there are a few harmonics and no lever changes. A Dorian (key of G); 2 pages.
Listen to The Mist Covered Mountains of Home (software-generated)