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Song of the Pooka (Port na bPucai)

$3.25

I first fell in love with this haunting tune on a Noirinn ni Rainn recording years ago. Once I discovered it's beautiful story, I knew I had to arrange it for harp. It's a staple for performances and fits beautifully into a performance of Celtic mysteries.

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):