arranged for harp
by Anne Sullivan
Designed with a harpist’s busy December in mind! The carols are short (and NO lever or pedal changes!) but they can easily be played as a set if you need something longer. These carols are ideal for students. My students are often so busy that it is hard to think of adding holiday music to their practice load. But these carols make it easy. The intermediate level gives a more accomplished student something they can learn and perform quickly, and gives the less advanced student something with just enough challenge to help them grow.
Three English Carols includes:
Greensleeves – This well-loved carol tune dates from the 16th century, and some 300 years later, shed its worldly associations and was adapted for the carol What Child is This. This arrangement for lever harp is based on my pedal harp arrangement on my recording Break Forth.
O Little Town of Bethlehem (Forest Green) – The tune Forest Green is an old tune from a ballad called “The Ploughboy’s Dream.” It was used by Ralph Vaughan Williams as a setting for the carol text in the 1906 publication of The English Hymnal. The result is a beautiful blending of the dreamy feeling of original tune and the traditional words.
I Saw Three Ships – The first printed version of this carols dates from the 17th century. The tune is often asserted to be a cheerful variant of “Greensleeves.” The three ships are the camels, the “ships of the desert,” that brought the magi from the east.
Want to hear the carols before you buy? You can see me playing each of the carols onYouTube.