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Songs & tunes,
There are not too many books of tunes arranged for
early clàrsach. Partly this is because the tutor books
contain large numbers of tunes, and partly because most teachers and
students emphasise the oral tradition, where a tune is learned in its
bare bones form, and then ornamentation, variation and harmony are
inserted at the discretion of the performer.
However the following books are worth collecting if
only to see how
different artists approach different material.
Click on a title
to read more about it and, if applicable, for ordering information from
of the 1792 Belfast Harp Festival
Clairseach Publications, Minneapolis, 1992
One tune from each of the ten Irish harpers who
played at the Belfast harp festival in 1792.
Clairseach Publications, Minneapolis, 1990
Thirteen tunes taken from three of Ann's earlier recordings.
My Music Stand
Highland Circle Publishing, Silver Spring, USA, 2001
19 folk tunes, mostly Scottish but some Irish, fully marked up with
Highland Circle Publishing, Silver Spring, USA, 2006
Mainstream American Christmas music, arranged for Gaelic harp, fully
marked up with fingering.
John C. Hines
Music for the Wire Harp
Melody's, Houston, USA, n.d.
Medieval and renaissance tunes from across Europe, arranged as simple
line with fingering
The Clarsach Society, Edinburgh, 2000
Includes four Scottish Highland tunes from Patrick MacDonald arranged with fingering and damping marks by Bill Taylor.
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Originally published at clarsach.net, June 2002, first
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