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    In an orchestra, Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol is soooo fun to play. At least the first oboe part is

    In jazz, Sing Sing Sing is amazing...especially if you are playing Benny Goodman's clarinet solo (which I did) Jazz is really enjoyable to play because its just not nearly as stressful as classical. And you have more creative license.

    My favorite solo piece to play so far is Bellini's oboe concerto...the slow movement is so beautiful and the fast one is spritely and fun. The runs are really satisfying.

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    Bach for depth.

    Grieg for interest especially the more folk oriented pieces.

    Gershwin for fun although some of the stuff like the preludes can be a bit heavy.

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    Bellini is a great composer to play to. His flute concertos are fabulous. I like the baroque oboe much more than the modern oboe, just like the baroque traverso, more than the modern Boehm flute.

    Agree with Taggart - Bach's writings are profoundly fascinating, particularly the flute sonatas. My favourites are no. IV, V & the Partita. The breadth and scale of emotion is so satisfying; the technical demands so demanding that I can play them day in and day out and nothing else for stretches trying to get the blasted phrasing correct

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    Lully for elegance. Quote from Dumas: 'Every man has two countries - his own, and France!'

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    At the moment I LOVE playing Giuliani's first guitar concerto!!! Also, I like playing music by Lauro, but I don't like his music...

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    And for sheer beauty, Turlough O'Carolan...
    ('Every woman has two countries - her own, and Ireland!')

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    You play the celtic lever harp?




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    Thanks - no, I play Carolan's airs on the violin. He probably sounds best on the harp, of course, & I only wish I had the time & the talent to learn another instrument. Have a nice weekend!

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    Lovely to hear it like this as it was intended.

    Wonder how Carolan got on carrying a thing like that around and him a blind man.http://www.talkclassical.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

    I attempt to play it on the piano and would like to get some "proper" music (with harmonies) to play.

    Are there any good transcriptions for piano available?

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    Hmm! Don't seem to have edit rights here and the didn't work .

    Wish I knew what was happening.

    Still, to answer my own question:

    carolan_detail.jpg

    Looks like he used a knee harp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taggart View Post
    Lovely to hear it like this as it was intended.

    Wonder how Carolan got on carrying a thing like that around and him a blind man.http://www.talkclassical.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

    I attempt to play it on the piano and would like to get some "proper" music (with harmonies) to play.

    Are there any good transcriptions for piano available?

    There is a long tradition of troubadours being blind. I'm not sure why though?

    I'm not sure Carolan's work would be successful on piano. The loss of the nuanced portamento of the harp or plucked strings would be rather serious.

    I have some piano scores from way back when, however I don't recall any of them being successful transcriptions from harp to piano. A friend gave me a fascinating harp capriccio score which I'm just looking at. I can't find a youtube link to it being played, but it isn't celtic lever harp either - transverse lap harp, but the music notation is identical for a celtic harp tuned to D major.

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    Thanks.

    Maybe blind troubadours was an alternative to blind piano tuners before they invented the piano

    I've started a separate thread to carry this on : Harp v Piano

    But can't leave the Irish harp without mentioning the late great Derek Bell of the Chieftains:


    Thanks again.

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    You're an Irish trad fan too?

    I like the celtic harp a lot - almost bought one a few years ago lol. Love the romantic (Irish flute) too and Matt Molloy too, although I can't stand repetitive irish flute music which is played like it's a race to finish before going for a leak. I've been to his pub as well. Love Westport and County Mayo

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    Trad music in general.

    We had a lovely holiday in Galway and got over to Mayo and Westport - lovely part of Ireland but never made it to Matt Molloy's Bar

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    ... but now that we know about it!
    ~ Mollie ~
    My fiddle my joy.

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