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Mel Bay Kim Robertson: Celtic Harp Solos Paperback – June 1, 1995


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  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Mel Bay Publications, Inc. (June 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078660297X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786602971
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 8.7 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kim Robertson's name has become synonymous with the gentle but powerfully evocative Celtic harp, an instrument which for a thousand years held within its strings and wood the spiritual heartbeat and poetic breath of the Celtic race. Her remarkable ability to reach into its strings and pull from it hidden treasures has made her one of the most popular harpists performing today. Combining the authentic traditions of the Celtic Harp with a dynamic flair for world rhythms and on-the-edge improvisation, Kim Robertson has stretched the boundaries of the harp. This daring redefinition of harp music is at its most vibrant in her concert appearances. Remarking on her greatest love, live performance, she says, "That's where the magic is...between the audience and the performer...that's when I truly express myself. Without that experience, I don't think I could make meaningful recordings. Not only can I see how people are responding, but I take more chances playing live." Her repertoire includes timeless Celtic melodies, classical, Renaissance and medieval works, and original compositions which, since the release of her 1991 album, Angels in Disguise, also feature her beautiful lyrics and vocals. Born and raised in Wisconsin, she began studying piano at age eight, continuing on into college as a piano major. I was in her senior year of high school that Kim first began to learn the pedal or orchestral harp. "I was never a very good pedal harp student since I was not interested in a symphonic career. I found it fascinating only as a sideline." Her introduction to improvisation early on by a jazz pianist enlarged her musical vision, freeing her from the need for written music. This freedom influenced both her piano and classical harp training, building trust in her own creative instincts and allowing many future innovations in her style. In the mid-70's, Kim discovered the Celtic harp. This quickly evolved into a profound love for the instrument and set her upon the original path of exploration for which she is renowned. In 1979, she moved to the California coast where she was approached by a New Age record label. The first recording session turned into her debut recording Wind Shadows, a rich blend of old Irish melodies and original compositions whose success projected Kim onto the vanguard of the new acoustic scene. Kim Robertson's love affair with Celtic music has blossomed into a highly visible performing, recording, and teaching career. Her work encompasses 18 recording projects including Tender Shepherd, Love Song to a Planet, and her 1993 appearance on the Sugo harp anthology Harvest Moon. She has published nine volumes of harp arrangements and two instructional videos and pursues an international itinerary of concerts, workshops, and retreats. Through the prism of the Celtic harp, one of the world's oldest and most loved instruments, Kim Robertson has found and focused her artistic vision to create an intimate and universal chamber music of the heart.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By CRJ on December 18, 2009
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This is by far my favorite harp sheet music, and I think I have almost every lever harp book published in the last 20 years. It's a combination of several of her earlier books. The arrangements are 1-2 pages each, and are mostly advanced beginner to intermediate.

However, I think even more advanced players will enjoy playing these just because the arrangements are so interesting and beautiful. I have heard many other harp players playing these arrangements at places like farmers markets or art fairs or music festivals, so I believe many other playser share my love of these songs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Candice on November 14, 2011
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I really love this book and think that it's a great for all players.

My review is about the actual product itself. I don't know how old the copy I received is, but I wouldn't have called it "New". The cover has a crease in it and the edges and corners look ragged. The binding does not lie flat and so you have to use force to keep it open. After a week I accidentally broke the binding and had to get it coil-bound.

Nothing of a deal breaker, but I'm just warning people that the book you receive might not be in great condition and will be fragile.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 1singingsister on August 7, 2012
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Loved this book. Robertson is a great arranger - clearly a harpist who knows how to make the instrument talk! I appreciated the various skill levels in the book and it's loaded with songs! Thoroughly enjoy.
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Okay, so the songs are pretty-ish and easy, but not the caliber of her Christmas songbook (which is worth buying just for her arrangement of Greensleeves.') But these songs are lacking depth and length. For gigs, the songs are too short and not terribly entertaining. I recommend Ailie Robertson's Celtic Feast 2. It has 'real' songs that are a good length and moderately challenging, as well as highly entertaining.
I also like (even though they are not Celtic, but very wonderful neo-classical composers) Yiruma and Brian Crain for ear-candy music. Google 'River Flows in You', 'Kiss the Rain', 'brian crain, moonrise' if you want some gorgeous lyrical piano solos that play beautifully on the harp. Before I got pedals, I played these on my lever harp and just didn't bother with the accidentals. :)
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