Kathleen Blackwell-Plank has made intermediate arrangements for lever and pedal harp of three traditional songs of the heart. Love Songs are found in the folk traditions of almost every culture. Evidence of love songs appears in the poetry of ancient Mesopotamia and Greece. The Medieval and Renaissance songs of the troubadours probably had their roots in the love songs of slave women from the Middle East brought to Europe during the Muslim invasions. Love songs often describe a pastoral setting and explore the feelings associated with love. They can be happy or sad in tone and frequent themes include true love, longing, remembrance, unrequited love, heartbreak, and regret. This collection contains love songs from the folk traditions of the Jewish, Irish, and Vietnamese cultures.
Dodi Li (My Beloved is Mine) is a folk song in A minor with four lever changes which are marked. Hebrew lyrics are provided. This hauntingly beautiful song is often played at weddings.
Down By the Salley Gardens is a charming Irish tune in C major which uses occasional rolled chords and has lyrics in English.
Drifting Waterferns, Floating Clouds is a Vietnamese love song in D major (2-sharps) which uses special harp techniques such as pres de la table (playing near the sound board) and glissandi to imitate the sounds of Asian instruments.
These songs of the heart suggest a pastoral setting and explore feelings of love. Chord symbols are provided. This 15-page PDF includes historical background and 10 pages of music. Pieces are 3 – 5 minutes in length. ALL HARPS, EARLY INTERMEDIATE/INTERMEDIATE.