Masters of the Irish Harp (produced in association with Cairde na Cruite) is the latest release from RTÉ lyric fm and it celebrates the virtuosity of sixteen of our leading harpers playing music ranging from solo harp tunes collected at the Belfast Harp Festival in 1792 right up to compositions created in the twenty-first century for harp, trumpet and guitar.
Masters of the Irish Harp includes harpers who have played for American Presidents, as part Riverdance, at international festivals and events, and who have won Grammy Awards. All of the musicians on the CD have toured throughout the world and are the leading players of their instrument. Masters of the Irish Harp is a musical snapshot of the vitality of Irish harp playing today and is a must for all music lovers. In the words of Giraldus Cambrensis, the twelfth century scholar, describing the musicianship of the harper “...the perfection of their art seems to lie in their concealing it, as if it were the better for being hidden.”
Commemorating 50 years of Cairde na Cruite, Rogha na gCruitirí, Harpers’ Choice, 100 Traditional Tunes for the Irish harp edited by Áine Ní Dhubhghaill, Anne-Marie O’Farrell and Aibhlín McCrann was launched by Chair of the Arts Council Pat Moylan on Sunday 12th December.
A seminal collection of Irish harp music, Rogha na gCruitirí, Harpers’ Choice gives a unique insight into 21st century Irish harping and reflects the diverse character of Irish harp-playing today. It features newly-composed pieces and arrangements of traditional tunes, music drawn from the great 16th and 17th collections of harpers’ music, dance music and song airs arranged by leading Irish harpers. Rogha na gCruitirí also provides detailed notes and reference sources together with biographical details of many of Ireland’s foremost harp players.
A collection of studies and exercises for the use of teachers and pupils of the Irish harp.
Publication of Graded Music for Irish Harp, "Sounding Harps" containing harpers and traditional tunes - traditional slow airs, songs and dance music arranged by well known exponents of the harp.
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Irish music arranged by Mercedes McGrath - €20.00
Described by Mercedes Bolger of the society as "along the same lines (as the other volumes), moderate to upper intermediate". Solos: Come to the Bottle House, Tree of Liberty, Mary's Return, O Bright Maeve, Sweet Potaferry, The Devil in Dublin, Drocketty's March, Parting of Friends, Diamuid Ó hAodha, As I roved out, In the County of Wesford, Cill Chais, For my breakfast I must have a bird without a bone, Blind Mary, The Twilight Star, The Wexford Carol. Duets: Deirin Dé, Bainis Pheigí Ní Eághra, Aonach Chontae an Chláir, No Surrender, The Flaxen Shirt, Mo Cheallaichín Fionn, My Gentle Harp.
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