King's Bard arranged by Darhon Rees-Rohrbacher PDF Download
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For lever or pedal harp.
Darhon Rees-Rohrbacher has made 15 elegant arrangements of Welsh Airs based on collected tunes of Edward Jones (1751-1824), Harper to King George IV. They can be be played on any harp with 27-strings (C to A) that is tuned to either 2 or 3 flats. (They can not be played on a lever harp tuned to C.) Most of the pieces require lever or pedal changes. For intermediate players. Guitar chords and some fingerings are included. These pieces are fabulous repertoire for background, recital and even historical presentations. 30 pages of music.
The following explanation is from Darhon's introduction of this collection.
Welsh airs used in this publication were collected by Edward Jones (1751-1824), harper to King George IV. Jones was born in North Wales and in about 1775 moved to London where he enjoyed a nearly 50-year career as composer, arranger, performer and teacher. He also collected rare books, manuscripts and musical instruments.
Jones was a prolific collector and arranger of melodies and is best remembered for his three-volume work called "Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards" (1784-1802). In the original editions, there was minimal editing and figured bass indications appear throughout. I have adapted Jones’ arrangements and made suitable adjustments for lever harp. While the original versions were listed as suitable for “harp, piano-forte, or harpsichord,” they actually strongly resembled triple-harp writing.
These airs (in their original keys) have been placed in progressive key order to create a satisfying "Welsh suite" that facilitates lever and pedal changes. Lever changes are indicated between the staves and pedal changes beneath the bass staff. The minimum range needed to play all of the airs in this collection exactly as written is 27 strings (C-A); however, all but three of the airs can be played on a harp with no more than 26 strings (C-G). Guitar chords are included so that the right-hand melody may be played by any C instrument, accompanied by chords on harp, lute, guitar or keyboard.
A recital of Welsh music will attract people from Wales that you didn't know were in your area! Try it!
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- Hob y Deri Danno (Away to the Oaken Grove)
- Cwynfan Brydain (The Lamentation of Britain)
- Ysgin Aur (The Golden Robe)
- Dewis Meinwen (The Fair One's Choice)
- Triban Gwyr Morganwg (War Song of the Men of Glamorgan)
- Ruban Morfydd (Morvydd's Ribband)
- Pen Rhaw (The Spade's Head)
- Serch Hudol (The Allurement of Love)
- Castell Tywyn (Towyn Castle)
- Toriad y Dydd (The Dawn of Day)
- Croeso'r Wenynen (Welcome the Bee)
- Galon Drom (The Heavy Heart)
- Gil y Fwyalch (The Blackbird's Retreat)
- Mwynen Môn (The Melody of Mona)
- Mantell Siani (Jenny's Mantle)