Flow Gently Sweet Afton - lever harp solo
The lyrics to this song were written by Robert Burns, and talked about the Ayreshire countryside, and his love for the young lass he was courting. The lyrics were presented to her mother in 1791. There are three different melody lines, only one with a confirmed composer, one resembling the carol "Away in a Manger", and I have recently learnt the lyrics were also sung to the tune of 'The Yellow Haired Laddie", though I've yet to arrange this tune as a harp solo. These are the three different melody lines I was taught as a young singer.
There are a couple of lever changes within the pieces, and between the setting, and a wee bridge passage between the first and second setting to allow for lever changes. We move from the key of F major to Bb major, and there are a few harmonics, and arpeggiated chords in the settings.
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Eirigh Suas a Storin - Darling Arise
Intermediate lever harp solo
A gorgeous, bold Irish air - I imagine the theme to be ' arise darling... you're off to defend our lands, and I'll be brave when you are away..."
Set in A mixolydian, with a G sharp lever change and return at the end of each verse, its a very powerful feeling piece of music.
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"Always There" is perhaps my most favourite thing I have written (to date) as it has special meaning to me, and the music easily expresses that for me. It was written for me to have a musical link to beloved friends and family, particularly my Dad, who are no longer here with us, but I wanted them to know that really they will be 'Always There'.
Nothing too unusual in the arrangement - just a few triplets and grace notes, plus a few big chords to make your way around!
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