Manx Traditional Tunes (Solo)


ALL HARPS SOLO, INTERMEDIATE.  Fifteen arrangements of tunes from the Isle of Man by Darhon Rees-Rohrbacher for solo lever or pedal harp.  Guitar chords included.  Please choose either Digital or Physical Version.

From the arranger:

“These tunes were originally arranged for a harp and flute/violin duo.  They have been rearranged here for solo harp.  Note: For harpers who tune their open strings in the key of C, selections #1, #2, #3 and #4 in the key of F (one flat) can be played in the key of F# (6 sharps).

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

“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.

“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!

“Note: The abbreviation ‘bdlc’ used in this book refers to ‘bas dans les cordes’ which means to play lower on the strings, but not as low as ‘pdlt’ – près de la table – for more penetration of the lefthand melody. Also, the harp part of this entire book can be played on a harp of only 26 strings (3.5 octaves) from low C to high G.”


Table of Contents

  1. Arrane Manannán (Manannan Song)
  2. Caillin Veg Dhone (Little Brown Girl)
  3. Churnal Jiu As Churnal Jea (Churning Song)
  4. Arrane Queeyl Nieuee (Spinning Wheel Song)
  5. Arrane Ghelbee (Song of the Water Kelpie)
  6. Creg Willy Syl (Creg Willey’s Hill)
  7. Ushag Veg Ruy (Little Red Bird)
  8. Kerthdon Hes (Snail Creep)
  9. Yn Mheillea (The Harvest)
  10. Geay Jeh’n Aer (Sea Invocation or Wind of the Air)
  11. Arrane Ben-Vlieaun (Song of the Milkmaid)
  12. Manannán Beg Mac Y Leir (Little Mannan, Son of the Sea)
  13. O Mo Ghràidh (Oh My Love)
  14. Illiam Boght (Poor William)
  15. Yernagh Keoie (The Wild Irishman)
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