The Clarsach Collection Volume 1 Elementary

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CONTENTS

Sreangan a’ Sreapadh

1

Emily’s Tune

1

The Barnyards O’ Delgaty

2

Dannsa na Duilleagain

2

The Three-Legged Clàrsach

3

Elephants are Beautiful

4

Suidaibh Illean Gabhaidh’ m Port

4

The Spell

5

Thig am Bàta

6

I will not goe to my bed til I suld die

7

Corriechoillie’s Welcome to the Northern Meeting     

8-9

Patrick McDonald Jig      

    10

Lady Carmichael’s Strathspey

    11

Cnoc Mhàrtainn

12-13

Miss Gordon of Gight

14

Mr John Smith

15

Susan Elizabeth’s Wedding Waltz

16

 

About this music

These tunes and arrangements are of traditional music, where variation and ornamentation are of prime importance. In performance, an experienced player would not always do the same thing with the left hand or the ornamentation. However, decisions have to be made to write things down, and as this is intended for inexperienced players, who would be advised to learn by imitation, which is the traditional way, I have put in grace notes and fingerings which I use. These give the essential ‘Scottish accent’ as my teacher, Alison Kinnaird puts it, to the music. The fingerings may well be different or slightly strange to someone with a classical background or approach but try them out – they help the rhythms of the tunes and are as important as bowing is to a fiddler. So have a think about why they’re there and then, if you’d rather do it another way then that’s okay!

 

Karen Marshalsay

Glasgow, 2009