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Hymn to Saint Magnus


This is a very lovely and unusual piece in the Lydian mode, perfect for therapeutic harpists to play for those who are grieving.

I just downloaded and tried playing your "Hymm to Saint Magnus" and I absolutely love it! It almost moves me to tears. As a beginner it's perfect for me, simple but still beautiful. Please consider adding more medieval style pieces. I find there's a lot of celtic or classical songs for harpers but not enough medieval pieces. Anyway thank you kindly, you have added greatly to my enjoyment of my harp. ~ Jaki

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The Saint Magnus Church in the Orkney Islands, one of the largest Medieval churches in Norway, was inaugurated in 1137. The oldest known manuscript for this hymn to its saint is dated 1280. For the first verse, I have kept the emphasis on the original thirds (unusual for the time). The second verse features sixths against a bass pattern that takes advantage of the lovely arpeggios that are so effective on the harp. The mood should be kept gentle and reverent.

Includes PDLT technique; fits therapy-harp range.

Early intermediate level; no lever changes.  F Lydian (key of C). Two pages.

Listen to Hymn to Saint Magnus (software-generated)