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The Irish Harper Volume 1

Máire Ní Chathasaigh

Hard copy


This book is the fruit of many years' experience of performing & teaching Irish traditional music to harpers by the pioneer & acknowledged leader in the field. It represents the first attempt in print to analyse & explain the aesthetic principles which inform the stylistically correct performance of this music on the harp. Most of these ground-breaking arrangements are of traditional Irish dance music, but also included are two songs and some unusual settings of the music of Turlough O'Carolan. Máire has recorded most of them on her albums 'The New Strung Harp', 'The Living Wood' and 'The Carolan Albums', and best results can be achieved by listening carefully to the recorded versions while following the written music.

Exceptionally detailed instructions are given for performance & interpretation, and the fingering has been very carefully thought out: if conscientiously followed, idiomatic & fluent results can be achieved by the harper with little experience of this form of music. 28 pages

Contents: Eibhlín Ní Ríordáin's Slide; Marcshlua Uí Néill; Mairéad's Mazurka; Julia Clifford's Polkas; Walsh's Hornpipe; The Peacock's Feather; Cuach mo Londubh Buí; Caitlín Ní Aodha; The Sport of the Chase; Fanny Power; Planxty Sudley; Tomeen O'Dea's Reel; The Bantry Girls' Lament; Madam Maxwell; The Gander in the Pratie Hole; The Queen of the Rushes; The Boys of Malin; The Old Oak Tree; The Pullet; The Volunteer

The Irish Harper Volume 2
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