Harp Music

PRINTED HARP MUSIC AND CDS

are available from the following sources in the UK:

Morley Harps – all available music is listed on the website, and can be purchased online.  Music can be ordered (eg from abroad) if not normally stocked.

Holywell Music – the catalogue of harp music can be downloaded from the website; orders have to be placed by email or phone.

Creighton’s Collection – a specialist printer, publisher, and distributor of harp music. Music can be purchased online.  Some of the Clarsach Society folios are available from Creighton’s Collection (at a reduced rate for Clarsach Society members). Creighton’s Collection also distribute music published by Adlais Music Publishers.

Clarsach Society – publishes over 40 folios of music for the clarsach.  The older folios are published as photocopied manuscript editions, and are available from the Clarsach Society.  The newer folios are available as photocopied typeset editions, from Creighton’s Collection (see above). The older folios are gradually being transferred to typeset editions. Clarsach Society members may purchase both the older and newer editions at a reduced rate.  All the folios are listed on the Clarsach Society website.

Beartramka – a music publisher specialising in new harp music, as books and individual scores.  Music can be purchased online.

Affairs of the Harp – secondhand harp music

Alaw Music Publishing – a specialist publisher of harp (and brass) music.  Music can be purchased online.

Pencerdd Harps – a music shop in Penarth, South Wales which has a large stock of harp music.  A mail order service is available but orders have to be placed by phone.

Mally’s Traditional Music Store – this company specialises in traditional music, mainly from Britain, Ireland and America. It sells a number of collections of harp music, as well as books of songs, dance tunes, etc.  Music may be purchased online or by phone.

Harp.com – a wide choice of harp music, both for lever and pedal harps.

Scotland’s Music – Scotland’s leading traditional music book publisher, specialising in tune books for all levels of players and for most traditional instruments.  Music can be purchased online.

Books and CDs published by individual harp players may also be available from their own websites, for example –

Janet Bennett  – Ailie Robertson –  Wendy Stewart

Janet HarbisonAnne-Marie O’Farrell  – Cornwall Harp Centre and others

The following American websites stock harp music which may not be available in the UK:

Melodys Traditional Music – a wide range of harp music including ensemble books

Sylvia Woods Harp Center

Stephanie Curcio Publications – solos and ensemble harp music, and harp tutors

Verlene Schermer

Folk Mote Music and Harp Store

Ro Jean Loucks – light music, Christmas, original – mainly solos

Valkyrie Publications – songs and hymns arranged for the harp, harp solos

Dragonflower – This website lists books of arrangements with samples. The books are available through Melodys (see link above).

Sharon Watson Music – harp music (pedal and lever)

DOWNLOADABLE HARP SHEET MUSIC

is available from the following sources:

Play Scottish Music – including some free downloads

Scotch Snap – a small amount of free sheet music

Harp Music Now – this is a membership website.  Harp arrangements are downloadable on payment of a membership fee.

Pretty Quick Music – arrangements for solo harp, ensemble, and harp with other instruments can be purchased and downloaded as PDF files.

Cindy Kleinstuber – Solo and duet harp music, and harp with other instruments, much of which can be purchased and downloaded as PDF files.

Puget Sound Folk Harp Society – features a piece of harp music each quarter which can be downloaded free for personal use

Clive Morley Harps – free downloads from the Clive Morley Sheet Music Collection

Music Makers – free downloads of two ebooks of pieces for a 26 string lap harp

OTHER SOURCES OF FREE MUSIC (not necessarily for the harp)

The International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP), also known as the Petrucci Music Library after publisher Ottaviano Petrucci, is a project for the creation of a virtual library of public domain music scores.  You can search by instrument, genre, etc.

SEARCHING FOR TRADITIONAL TUNES

The Traditional Music Database (TUNEdb) can be used to search for a tune by name or notes within it

FolkTune Finder is another site that can be used to search for a folk tune, by name, or melody (type in the starting notes), or ‘contour’ (describe the tune in terms of whether the melody goes up or down or stays on the same note).

The Irish Traditional Tune Music Index is a site that can be used to search for Irish traditional tunes. It also lists books, recordings, and statistics of the top session tunes, the most-recorded tunes, and so on.

The Session is another site which can be used to search for traditional tunes. This site also includes discussions of the tunes, and lists of recordings.

Traditional Music Library – a huge archive of traditional, folk, and old music

Irish Traditional Music Archive – a national public reference archive and resource centre for the traditional song, instrumental music and dance of Ireland

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