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.
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.
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 are often available from from their own websites, for example –
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
Stephanie Curcio Publications – solos and ensemble harp music, and harp tutors
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
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
Janet Harbison Irish Harp – much of Janet’s music can be purchased as downloabel PDF files. Each PDF file comes with a free MP3 music file.
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.
Irish Traditional Music Archive – a national public reference archive and resource centre for the traditional song, instrumental music and dance of Ireland