(Closed) Greensleeves connotation? Other suggestions for Celtic harp?

posted 8 years ago in Music
Post # 3
1403 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Half of the people will probably be singing “Alas my love” in their head, and the other half will be singing “What child is this.”  Smile

I think people won’t mind the symbolism of the lyrics, they’ll just be enjoying the harp music.  In which case, can I recommend “Scarborough Fair?”

Post # 5
1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

If you love the music then use it. Like the previous posters mentioned, most people automatically associate the melody with Christmas and they have not read/heard the lyrics of Greensleeves to make any opinion. Your guests will not notice or care about lyrics, especially if none are sung at all. If you’re having programs, list the music how it is so that there is no confusion.

That said, Celtic Woman has beautiful traditional songs that can be played on the harp. Your musician should not have difficulty finding music.

Post # 6
13 posts

Ask your harpist for recommendations.  He or she should have a repertoire list that will make your decision process easier!  There are so many beautiful, if less well-known, Celtic tunes that don’t have the lyrics problem.  If you do use Greensleeves, there will be more people wondering why you chose Christmas music than concerned about the “Alas my love you do me wrong” issue!

To get you started, there is a long list of Celtic & folk songs on my website:  http://theclassicharpist.com/html/replistfolk.html


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