The Competitor’s most pressing question before entering the Minnesota Scottish Harp Competition usually is, “What pieces should I play?”. In order to help you select your music, I’ve decided to start a series of articles featuring music books that have been recommended by other harpers. Do you have a recommendation? Help me out by submitting a recommendation of your own!
I asked former organizer Stephanie Claussen to give us the title of her favorite music book that also included Scottish tunes that could be played for the competition. She recommended “Music for the Heather Folk” by Sue Richards.
When asked why she liked that book over others in her collection, she replied “It has nice tunes, arrangements that are idiomatic to the harp, some ornaments included, a variety of slow and fast tunes.”
We leafed through her well-loved, marked up book to find her favorite Scottish tune at the very end, “Wandering Willie”.
I’ve selected a youtube video so you can hear what that tune sounds like. Please enjoy this lovely interpretation of “Wandering Willie” by Wendy Weatherby.
You can hear more of Wendy’s music and find links to purchase on allmusic.com
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- Banish Misfortune;
- The Cliffs of Moher;
- Kitty’s Wedding;
- Nyth Y Gwcw;
- the Mist Covered Mountains of Home;
- Farewell to Williamstown;
- the Dark Isle;
- My Dearie;
- Scotch Mist;
- I Wish You Would Marry Me Now;
- Sir Watkins’ Jig;
- Treasure of Sierra Madre;
- The Blackbird;
- The Bonnie Lass O’Bon Accord;
- Wandering Willie;
- …and more.
All selections appear in grand staff notation.
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I hope you’ve been inspired to learn a new Scottish tune. Won’t you consider playing it for us at next year’s competition? Learn more about the competition and register today! Hope to see you there!Learn More About the Competition