Before the 1700s, Celtic music enjoyed a long oral music tradition of learning and memorizing tunes without the aid of pen and paper. The pages of this anthology are filled with the rich heritage of Celtic music tucked away in historical collections from the late 1700s and 1800s. It is a treasure trove of fresh vibrant melodies that connect us to our ancestors' desire to capture the distinctive qualities of native traditional music.
These collections are but a thread in a colorful tapestry that continues today, weaved by the hearts of passionate music enthusiasts.
The Celtic Harp Anthology: Music from Historical Collections is a compilation from twenty one collections that were the proud work of spirited countrymen and women. In this compilation, you will touch the strains of music that filled gleaming white-thatched homes with joy and boundless energy. Connect with the heart and soul of a timeless culture and experience the music that eased the hardships of living.
This book is designed for advanced beginners to intermediate harp players with lever folk harps (or pedal harps) that have thirty-three strings or less with G (one and a half octaves below middle C) as their lowest note, in the keys of F, C, G, D and A. The tunes are appropriate for nylon or wire-strung harps. Two songs require lever flips.