Arts and Letters

ALL HARPS INTERMEDIATE TO LOWER INTERMEDIATE  -   original songs in a variety of styles based on translating the English alphabet into the western music alphabet. Book/CD combination. Wonderfully creative melodies!! I listened to the CD and it is GREAT!

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Patricia Lee Ruston
1940 –2010

Patricia Rushton was a forward thinking, traditional music and Celtic harp lover. She loved finding nearly forgotten music and bringing the almost lost melodies into today with her own contemporary arrangements. She also performed, taught and wrote music of her own in Santa Barbara, California. This Arts & Letters collection includes many of Patricia’s original music that are based on a simple technique that translates the English alphabet into the western music alphabet. She used this technique as a source of inspiration for each of the tunes in this collection.

Table of Contents
The Technique
Carolynian Air
Catha’s Hornpipe
Dr. Joe in F
Ejé Invention
Ejé’s Song
The Farris Transition
Joe’s Jig in G
Mother’s Lullaby
Norman and Patricia
Norman and Patricia Harp (L hand L speaker, R hand R speaker)
Norman and Patricia Cello (Harp L speaker, Cello R speaker)
Planxty Harriet
Robert’s Roost
Robin’s Hood

The Last Letter
Arts & Letters is the final of three publications for harp music compiled by Patricia Lee Rushton. Open the Door Softly (2005) is Patricia’s first CD and songbook publication, and Songs for the Small Harp (2011) is a songbook collection of arrangements that Patricia wrote for the small harp. This third book introducing Patricia’s original music has been a labor of love for me, and the fulfillment of a promise that I made to Patricia near the end of her life. It is my honor to present her music to the world.

In addition to the computer-generated play-along CD that accompanies this book, Patricia’s music from Arts & Letters is available as acoustically performed sound recordings using a collection of excellent musicians from across California. You can purchase the “live” Arts & Letters CD at Folk Mote Music Store, iTunes, CD Baby and other music retail outlets.

All of Patricia’s proceeds from the recordings and songbooks go to the Patricia Rushton Harp Scholarship Fund, which is managed by Folk Mote Music Store in Santa Barbara, CA.

In joy,

Ejé Lynn-Jacobs
Sound Transformation Network


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