Harp Ensembles

3001 - The Brian Boru Set - ( 6 mins 30 secs, 1988)
Ensemble in 4 harp parts  - Levels 4 (solo), 3, 2, 1

One of the first big hits of the Harp Orchestra where the well-known Brian Boru’s March is teamed up with the Scottish Atholl Highlanders and another Irish Jig: Burke’s. This piece is offered here in Ensemble of 4 harp parts (On the recording, other instruments are also performing).

As recorded on the CD: Carillon 1993, Download individual tracks
Download sheet music: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Directors Set.  Each download comes with a FREE mp3 soundfile.


3002 - The Harp Orchestra Polkas Set No. 1  - (2 mins, 1988)
2 Harp Parts, Levels 1 & 2, plus melody instruments in part 3, and Directors version

This high energy combination of 3 polkas is a really easy and speedy contribution to every concert programme – 3 of the best known dances with the first made famous in the Titanic film. John Egans, The Murroe & Peg Ryans

As recorded on the CD: A Christmas Collection, Download individual tracks
Download sheet music: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Directors set, Mp3 soundfile of the whole set.   Each download comes with a FREE mp3 soundfile.
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3003 - Earth, Water, Wind & Fire (7 mins 30 secs, 1993)
Ensemble in 4 harp parts - Parts 1 (solo) & 2 at Level 3; Part 3 at Level 2 and Part 4 at Level 1 (solo) Minimum 8 players. O

Commissioned by the Derry City Council for the city’s first revived Bealtaine Festival and performed by the ensemble of five ‘Belfast Harps’ in the City Guildhall; but developed in 1992 for the BHO. One of our favourites.

Recorded on the CD: Carillon, Celtic Harpestry. Download individual tracks 
Download sheet music - coming soon


3004 - Carillon (5 mins 15 secs, 1992)
Ensemble in 3 harp parts at Levels 3, 3 & 1.

Frequently, the final piece in our concert programme, this piece was all seasons in one tune! Composed in homage to Derek Bell in 1992 (by his command), the piece is a celebration of Mr Bell in bells - Starting with a fanfare of cathedral bells, then the lazy chime of a country church, finishing in a carillon to a dramatic conclusion.

Recorded on the CD: Carillon,  Download individual tracks 
Download sheet music - coming soon


3005 - Psalm   (4 mins 20 secs, 1997)
Ensemble in 2 harp parts - Levels 1 & 3 with optional 3rd part  - Level 1,

Recorded on the CD: The Colmcille Suite, Download individual tracks, Download sheet music - coming soon


3006 - Journey into Exile and Suantraí (1997, 5 mins 40 secs)
Ensemble in 2 parts - Levels 3 & 4 with solo trio

Recorded on the CD: The Colmcille Suite, Also available as printed Harp Solo, Download sheet music - coming soon


3007 - Suantrai (3 mins, 1997)
Ensemble in 2 harp parts - Levels 4, 2

Recorded on the CD: The Colmcille Suite, Also available as printed Harp Solo, Download sheet music - coming soon


3008 - Saint John’s March (4 mins 20 secs, 1983)
Ensemble in 2 Harp Parts - levels 3 & 1

Available as Harp Solo, Download sheet music - coming soon


3009 - The Belfast Hornpipe (2 mins 50 secs, 1996)
Ensemble in 3 harp parts - levels 3,3 & 2 with solo whistle / flute / piccolo 

This effervescent dance tune is a great arpeggio work-out for the harps and always a concert winner.

Recorded on the CD A Christmas Collection, Download Track

Download sheet music - coming soon


3010 - Londonderry Air (Danny Boy) (3 mins, 15 secs, 1992)
Ensemble in 3 harp parts - levels 4. 3 & 2

Recorded on Carillon, (in harps only version) and Honor and GloryDownload the track.
Download sheet music - coming soon.

 

Londonderry Air B (3 mins, 15 secs, 1992)
Ensemble in 2 or 3 parts

In key of C or D with voice / flute / violin in key of C or D

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3011 - The Kilmore Jig Easy version (3 mins 20 secs, 1995)
Ensemble for Flute/violin & harp ensemble in 4 parts - levels 3, 2, 2, 1

An easier version of the next piece…

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3012 - The Kilmore Jig (1995)
Ensemble in Flute & harp ensemble in 2 parts - levels 3, 2

Composed by Janet in Kilmore House in Glenarriff, the most beautiful of the Antrim glens and former home of the aristocratic McDonnells. The house was now a retreat centre where the Belfast Harp Orchestra held residential rehearsals – which inspired the piece.

Buy the Ensemble Book. Download sheet music - coming soon


3013 - Bright New Morning (4 mins, 1994)
Ensemble in 3 harp parts - Levels 4, 3 & 2

One of the Harp Orchestra favourites to end or begin a concert – it is an exuberant, upbeat modern piece with compelling rhythms in 11/8 or 12/8 time. Composed to celebrate peace in Northern Ireland (1994) and orchestrated for the visit of President Bill Clinton to Belfast in November 1995. Its theme is ‘accommodation’ – marrying classical with traditional, a jig and a reel.

Recorded on the CD: The Belfast Years. Download Track

Buy the Ensemble Book. Download sheet music - coming soon


3014 - Walk in Belfast (3 mins, 30 secs, 1993)
Ensemble in 3 harp parts  - level 4 (solo), 3, 2

One of Janet’s most popular pieces inspired by a walk on Cavehill overlooking Belfast one sad, but sunny Sunday morning in troubled times. Conceived as film music.

Recorded on the CDs Celtic Harpestry, The Belfast Years, A Christmas Collection. Download the Track

Buy the Ensemble Book, Download sheet music - coming soon


3015 - Mazurka Set No.1 (3 mins 50 secs, 1992)
Ensemble in 2 harp parts - Levels 3 & 2.

2 great mazurkas (irish versions of the Waltz with a strong second beat) by Sonny Brogan of Dublin and Hugh Gillespie of Donegal. These are beautiful to play…

Also available as Ensemble Book, Download sheet music - coming soon


3016 - Carolan’s Concerto (4 mins 18 secs, 1992)
Ensemble in 4 harp parts  - levels 4, 3, 2 & 1

In this arrangement of Carolan’s most famous show-piece, every player has the ‘lead part’ and as the players’ skills grow, the is more detail in the part…And, together, it is triumphal…

Recorded on the CD Carillon and Feasting with Carolan - Download track
Download sheet music - coming soon.


3017 - Planxty Irwin Set (4 mins 30 secs, 1992)
Ensemble in 2 harp parts - levels 1 & 3

Download sheet music coming soon.


3018 - The Harvest Home (3 mins 12 secs, 1995)
Ensemble in 3 harp parts  - levels 3 & 3)

The great Scott Skinner fiddle tune that is a fun work-out for harpers’ fingers..

Recorded on Honor and GloryDownload the track.
Download sheet music - coming soon.


3019 - The Boyne Water (2 mins 10 secs, 1992)
Ensemble in 2 harp parts  - levels 3 & 2

One of Ireland’s great marches – which is both Northern Ireland’s siren tune of the (Protestant) Orange Order (as The Boyne Water) but which is also the tune of the great Republican march Ros Catha na Mumhain (the Warcry of Munster). Always played with vigour and pride!

Recorded on A Christmas CollectionDownload the track.
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3020 - Carrickfergus (4 mins 30 secs, 1993)
5 harp parts - all at level 1

A great piece for a beginner’s ensemble with 5 easy parts with 1-octave running scale descants and a chord pattern that spells ‘D-E—A-D’!. The tune air is from a well-known song of emigration

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3021 - O’Keefe’s Slide (3 mins, 1995)
Ensemble in 3 harp parts  - levels 3, 2 & 1

Padraig O’Keefe’s well-known slide (type of jig) that has been a favourite of all the harp orchestras

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3022 - Drowsy Maggie Set (2 mins 40 secs, 1992)
2 harp parts - levels 2 & 4, with optional 2 whistle/flute/fiddle parts

Marrying the reels Drowsy Maggie and The Glass of Beer, the Belfast Harp Orchestra scored a hit with these reels being played as a set forever since.

Recorded on the CD Carillon (with title Se do Bheatha!) Download Track
Buy the Drowsy Maggie Set Book. Download sheet music - coming soon


3023 - She Moved Through the Fair
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nsemble in for Harp Ensemble in 3 parts (Levels 3, 2 & 1)

This favourite Irish modal melody (Myxolydian) is in a typical Harbison arrangement with shimmering chords, shifting harmony and a soulful melody.

Buy She Moved Through the Fair Book. Download sheet music - coming soon.


3024 - Lady Iveagh
2 Harp Parts - Levels 2 & 3 and Harp Solo Level 3

Recorded on O'Neill's Harper. Buy Lady Iveagh Book. Download the track.
Download sheet music  - coming soon.


3025 - Down by the Sally Gardens
For harp ensemble in 3 harp parts - Levels 1, 1 & 2. with optional melody lead parts on Harp 4, Any Melody Instrument, Voice or SATB Choir. This is a unique type of arrangement with 3 harps parts playing accompaniment with numerous options to carry the lead melody (including voice).

Buy Down by the Sally Gardens Book, Download sheet music  - coming soon.


3026 - Gravel Walks

Ensemble in 3 harp parts - Levels 4, 3 & 2

Download sheet music - Director’s set , Part 1, Part 2, Part 3


 

Catalogue of music

catalogue of janet Harbison music

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