Pedal or Lever Harp

Chaucer Songbook for harp and voice by Carol Wood PDF Download

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For lever or pedal harp and voice.

This scholarly work for voice and harp by Carol Wood examines the role of the harp in the works of Chaucer and two other medieval writers. Lyrics for these 13th- and 14th-century songs are in Latin and Middle English, with translations. There are two harp solos; the rest of the pieces are for voice and harp. Most of the arrangements are for intermediate harp players, but some can be played by advanced beginners. The keys range from 1 flat through 1 sharp, with no fingerings, and only a few lever or pedal changes. The vocal range is from the A below middle C up to the G that is 1½ octaves above middle C. Carol has provided excellent historical explanations of the music and the culture of the time.

This PDF is 125 pages including:
a 22 page introduction of Chaucer and the Harp in the Fourteenth Century
14 pages of performance notes
18 pieces, with 81 pages of music.

This book was formerly published by Mel Bay and has been out of print for some time. We are happy to be able to bring you this wonderful and comprehensive book in PDF format. It is over 120 pages containing information on Chaucer in reference to the harp, with researched text and poetry. Anyone needing information or reference guides for a presentation on Chaucer and the Harp in the Fourteenth Century will find it here!

This product is a PDF file, to be downloaded to your computer. We do not sell it as regular printed music. It is only available here in this PDF download format.

  • All arrangements are for harp and voice, except where noted below
  • Angelus ad Virginem
  • Alma Redemptoris Mater - harp and voice in 2 keys; and harp solo
  • Sanctus
  • Gloria
  • Edi Be Thu
  • Roundel of the Birds - harp and voice; and harp, melody instrument and voice
  • Ne Qu'on Porroit
  • Gais et Jolis
  • Ton y Brenhin - harp solo
  • Symlen Ben-bys - harp solo
  • Maid in the Moor
  • I Am of Irlaunde (Ich Am of Irlaunde)
  • My Lief is Faren in a Londe - two different melodies for harp and voice
  • I Have a Gentil Cock
  • The Pear Tree
  • King Orfeo
  • Glenkinde
  • The Marriage of Sir Gawain


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Great book of Chaucer Tunes
By Sandra Fromm
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This is a great book of Chaucer tunes, including lyrics. The background material provided is well-research and a fascinating read. If you like early music, I highly recommend this book.

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