This collection features 32 reels, hornpipes, polkas, jigs, and waltzes, arranged for two instruments, with chord symbols for guitar accompaniment. There’s a source list included, just in case you haven’t had enough Irish tunes.
The Irish Fiddle Tunes for Two CD features Deborah Greenblatt performing all of the tunes in The Irish Fiddle Tunes for Two on violin.
The melody part comes out of one stereo speaker and the harmony part comes out of the other speaker.
By adjusting your stereo’s balance control you can isolate either part so you can play the other part along with it.
This CD may be used with any of the books for any of the instruments in the The Irish Fiddle Tunes for Two series.
Tunes in this Collection...
“Beauty in Tears”,
“Crabs in the Skillet”,
“Dark Haired Lass”,
“Dennis Murphy’s Polka”,
“Down Went McGinty to the Bottom of the Sea”,
“Five Leaved Clover”,
“Haste to the Wedding”,
“Jack Mitchel’s Polka”,
“John Ryan’s Polka”,
“Leather Away the Wattle O!”,
“Little Burnt Potato”,
“Londonderry Air (Danny Boy)”,
“My Wife Is a Wee Wanton Thing”,
“Off She Goes”,
“Red Haired Boy”,
“Repeal of the Union”,
“Rights of Man”,
“Saint Anne’s Reel”,
“Si Bheag Si Mhor”,
“Smash the Windows”,
“Whiskey Before Breakfast”
“...excellent...most welcome addition to the viola repertoire...The melody line is in the 1st viola part for all the pieces, so the tunes could be played as viola solos (with or without the 2nd viola and/or chordal instrument). The 2nd viola part is...given interesting harmony lines often in 3rds or 6ths with the 1st viola...when accompaniment patterns are given, they rarely last long and are interesting in themselves. From a technical point of view, all the pieces are in the 1st position for both viola parts, except the 1st viola part in ‘Smash the Windows’. The parts are about grade 2 or 3...The ‘Londonderry Air’ (‘Danny Boy’) duet arrangement is one of the most beautiful I have heard, thank you Deborah Greenblatt...Highly recommended.”
“The latest offerings of fiddle tunes arranged for recorders by Deborah Greenblatt are welcome additions to the folk repertory for our instrument.
While the arrangements are not complex, the interactions between the voices are interesting. Some are primarily homophonic, while others display more independence in the lines. Most rhythms are straightforward, though there are a few with little tricky bits. There is nothing, however, that requires advanced rhythmic skill and that cannot be mastered by practice.
The melodies are catchy. Slurs are indicated, which is useful. Metronome markings are given.
Well-suited to intermediate players, and some of the selections are easy enough for more advanced beginners. Because of the pleasing nature of the melodies and of the arrangements, more experienced players with an interest in folk music will also enjoy them. They would make for nice concert programming.”
“(Grades 3 - 4) Key signatures include D, G, F, and A major, and G, A, and E minor. Irish Fiddle Tunes is the kind of collection that should be owned by friends who want to play together because they enjoy the experience or want to include some of the pieces on a recital. There are catchy and interesting rhythm patterns, accompanying double stops, lively tunes, and contrasting meter and key changes from one dance to the next.”