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):
This lovely tune is another ballad about a ghostly lover, a story with the usual tragic results. In spite of the sad subject matter, the tune itself is sweetly upbeat. This arrangement is accessible to early intermediate players, and features a lovely waltz pattern in the left hand. The second verse takes the tune into a higher octave.
Key of G; two pages of music. No lever changes, fingerings or brackets.
Listen to Sweet William's Ghost (software-generated mp3):
The Celtic tradition is full of ghost stories, but in this one from Scotland the harp plays a central role. When a passing harper makes a new harp from the golden hair and white breastbone of a lovely murdered maiden, it starts to sing the story of her cruel sister's betrayal. This arrangement of the haunting tune includes a recurring motif as introduction and interlude, with three different verses. One of the verses features the melody in the left hand with floating chords above it.
Two pages of music. Key of Am, no lever changes, intermediate level. No fingerings or brackets.
Listen to Binnorie (Two Sisters) (software-generated mp3):
In the old days in Celtic lands, the people believed that when a once-healthy infant wasted away, the fairies had stolen the healthy baby and left a changeling in its place. The tune has a lovely lilt, and is arranged so beginners can easily enjoy it. It features a gorgeous descending bass line, and the second verse is played up an octave and features a few easy grace notes and broken chords.
Key of G, no lever changes, beginner level. Includes fingerings and brackets.
Listen to Highland Fairy Lullaby (software-generated mp3):
The rhythms put this piece at the early intermediate level, but it is not hard to learn. Each section adds to the charm and playfulness. The patterns are very fun to play and make a nice warm-up for the hands.
It can be played on any harp with at least a full octave below middle C.
Key of G. Early intermediate; no lever changes; no fingerings or brackets; 1 page.
This tune is about a forlorn mermaid, tricked into staying on land. Once she finds and reclaims her power to transform back into a mermaid, she returns to the sea. However, as a creature of two worlds, she will be forever divided.
G Mixolydian (Key of C); intermediate; 2 pages. Includes grace notes and running left-hand patterns. No lever changes.
Listen to The Mermaid's Song (software-generated mp3)