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Moon Over the Ruined Castle


The haunting Japanese folk song, arranged with special effects and rippling triplets to capture the mystery of the abandoned castle in the moonlight.

Read more and listen to the software-generated mp3 file at the bottom of the page.

Another favorite among my students, this piece incorporates harmonics, PDLT with and without nails (to emulate the sound of the koto), and a running triplet pattern for the second verse.  A great opportunity to work on special effects and create a show-stopper piece for the early intermediate player.

Playable on therapy harp; lowest note, E below middle C (easy to alter to fit the smallest lap harp). Key of Am (C); no lever changes or fingerings; two pages.

Listen to Moon Over the Ruined Castle (software-generated mp3--harmonics and pdlt do not sound)