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Scottish Harp Collection

These songs from the nineteenth century and earlier have been carefully selected for their suitability on harp.

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Neil Gow Lament

A collection of Scottish tunes intended for three audiences: harpers looking for traditionally arranged Scottish tunes for competition and performance, classically trained harpists who are interested in Scottish music, and lever harp players who would like arrangements that illuminate their instrument’s unique beauties. Tunes are playable on full range lever harps and pedal harps. These songs from the nineteenth century and earlier have been carefully selected for their suitability on harp. Selection criteria were that they lay well under the fingers, are enhanced by the rhythmic and tonal properties of the plucked string and its overtones, and are musically interesting. Airs were chosen for their melodic beauty. Arrangements are traditional in style with ornamented melodies, open chords, and spare harmonies. Several features add to the usefulness of the book. First, tunes are given in two keys, one in all naturals or one sharp, the other in one or two flats. Second, abundant suggestions for fingering are given. Third, levers or pedals need to be set only at the beginning of each piece, except for the Boat Songs, which require one lever or pedal change. Finally, historical and performance notes on the music are provided, together with a list of sources that are available from U.S. or Scottish distributors. INTERMEDIATE, ALL HARPS

Table of Contents:
Highland Boat Song and Arran Boat Song (medley), MacDonald Lord of the Isles, Mary Young and Fair, Soldier’s Joy, Garthlands, Niel Gow’s Lament for the Death of His Second Wife, Cradle Song, and St. Mungo’s Welcome to Scott Skinner. Click on the speaker to hear a portion of Neil Gow's Lament for the Death of His Second Wife in the key of G.

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