Breton Traditional Tunes (Duo)


ALL HARPS + FLUTE/VIOLIN, INTERMEDIATE.  Fifteen folk songs from Brittany arranged by Darhon Rees-Rohrbacher for lever (as small as 26 strings) or pedal harp with flute or violin.  Please choose either Physical or Digital Version.  Scroll down for a couple video recordings.

From the arranger:

“These tunes have been placed in progressive key order to create a satisfying ‘Breton suite’ that facilitates lever and pedal changes.  This order also facilitates playing a few tunes in succession as a ‘Breton medley.’  All tunes were typeset to fit exactly on two facing pages to eliminate any page turns within a piece.

“Breton tunes are often very modal in nature.  Therefore, you may find some of the melodic contours or harmonies to be unfamiliar to your ear or unexpected.  There are no lever or pedal changes required within each tune, only some lever or pedal presets in preparation for the next song.

“Guitar chords are included so that the melody may be played by any C instrument, accompanied by chords on harp, lute, guitar, or keyboard.  Also, the transcribed harp part can be played on any keyboard instrument with only minor adjustments.  Due to space constraints, first and second endings were only indicated above the flute/violin part in the full score and dynamics only within the harp part; but these markings apply to both instruments.  (However, all markings are indicated on the separate instrumental leaflet.)

“Dynamics, fingering, and metronome markings are provided throughout as an aid to performance. However, the harper should use whatever dynamics, fingerings, and tempos suit them, no matter what this book indicates! The total range of the harp part is only 26 strings (3.5 octaves) from low C to high G. Therefore, it can be played on a small harp encompassing that range. Simply treat the C two octaves below middle C as the lowest C on your harp and adjust the octaves accordingly.”

Table of Contents
1. Santez Mari, Mamm Doue (Saint Mary, Mother of God) 1
2. Doue Lan A Vadeleh (God Full of Goodness) 3
3. Les Filles Des Forges (The Daughters of the Forges) 5
4. Ma Fransez (My Françoise) 7
5. Me A Zavo Eun Dourell (I Would Have a Tower) 9
6. Gavotten Ar Serjant-Major (The Sergeant-Major Gavotte) 11
7. Kimiad Ann Ene (The Soul’s Departure) 13
8. Pach-Pi (Passepied) 15
9. Dañs Govel Yann (Midsummer Dance or St. John’s Dance) 17
10. Me A Gar Eur Goulmik (I Love a Turtle Dove) 19
11. Avant Deux (Forward Two) 21
12. Granno Mo Mio (Grannus My Friend) 23
13. Le Pas De Sept (The Seven Step) 25
14. An Alarch (The Swan) 27
15. Les Prísons De Nantes (The Prisons of Nantes) 29

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