Childgrove can be played as an upbeat dance tune, or at a slower, more thoughtful pace. The arrangement I wrote for our trio includes a counter-melody based on “The Foggy Dew”, and is played at a medium march tempo, whereas English Country Dancers generally like it played at a fair clip.
The C# in bars 24 and 32 is optional; it can be played as a modal tune without lever flips. (I’ve included both versions in midi form on the Chubby Sparrow Site here).
The HarpBlog Tune of the Month is courtesy of Chubby Sparrow Music . For a printable version, right click on the picture and choose “save target as”, or pop over to the Chubby Sparrow Free Music page for more detailed printing instructions (note: if you just left click and try to print directly from the browser, it probably won’t print at the right size).
Sunday, April 26th, 2-4pm
Harp Workshops with Boston Harpist
Playing in a Harp Ensemble
Renaissance Dance Music for Harp
Ottawa Mennonite Church
1830 Kilborn Avenue
Admission: $30 at the door
And in advance:
The Leading Note, 370 Elgin St. The Ottawa Folklore Centre, 1111 Bank St.
Contact: Mary Muckle firstname.lastname@example.org 613-825-1379
We’ll begin with a short session on Playing in a Harp Ensemble, learning a multi-level ensemble arrangement by Nancy. All levels of playing are welcome, and music is provided. Ideas and tips to improve an ensembles’ sound are given, plus brief comments/demo on performing the ensembles in her new book, ‘The Ring of Harps’.
The main workshop is Renaissance Dance Music for Harp. We’ll play Renaissance dances from the 16th century, and also learn the dance steps! Knowing the tempo and pulse of the dance is important for playing the music. We’ll also do some improvisation and discuss sources for music from the period. All levels of playing are welcome. (There will be a short tea break around 3:00pm.)