The Water Is Wide is known in Scotland and England as O Waly, Waly. When the song made its way to America, it changed its name and became a "traditional American" tune. Sylvia's arrangement includes several variations and is for advanced beginners and intermediate harp players. 3 pages, with fingerings. In the key of C with no lever changes.
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Very soothing melody and is quickly mastered by advanced beginners. This piece allows the harpist ample room for expression and creativity. In other words, you can play this in public and easily cover up your mistakes!
the water is wide
By Don Austin
I've been enjoying this piece. The arrangement is easy enough for me and full of expressive tension and resolve chords. I've even been able to explore the loveliness of the arrangement with my own expressions. Great work Sylvia!
One of my favorites!
By Olivia Claggett
Although this song is simple it is absolutely gorgeous!!!! I just received the song about a week ago and fell in love with it as soon as I started playing it! You did a great job Sylvia!
Very lovely, flexible arrangement
By Valerie Bellamy
I love this arrangement of The Water is Wide (or O Waly, Waly) from Sylvia Woods, and play it frequently during the prelude at weddings. Each verse is different and progresses in difficulty, so intermediate beginners can play it, as well as more advanced players (all three), or for highly skilled players, it's an easy sight-reading piece for background music.
The Water is Wide
By Diane Dunn
I have been hired to play background music during the dedication of a "healing garden" at a local hospital. This arrangement will be a perfect addition to my repertoire for the occasion. No pedal or lever changes and the fingering falls easily into the hands. (Review originally submitted 5/8/2010.)