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Thread #57070   Message #4013299
Posted By: Helen
12-Oct-19 - 07:57 PM
Thread Name: Edward Bunting - The Ancient Music of Ireland
Subject: RE: Edward Bunting - The Ancient Music of Ireland
No, sorry, I wasn't saying it would make it impossible to play on the harp. The quote said that some pieces which were in keys which could not be played on a harp, meaning that the piece could be changed to a key which suited the harp better, I think. That's if we are talking about a basic, non-lever harp. Strings could only be stretched so far and changing key meant re-tuning the whole harp so all keys were not really available or not an easy process.

My issue about the F natural in Give Me Your Hand is a different issue and I think I know the trick that the harper would have used to work around it.

Basically, I and other harpers will be eternally grateful to Edward Bunting for collecting those tunes. Without collectors like him, and especially during the time when harps were going out of favour, we would not still have the majority of those tunes. If a little tweaking and rethinking is required to play the tunes on the harp or any other instrument, then that in my opinion, is a small price to pay for having access to the music collections.