Harp Music for Babies — FNN31102010

 

An crann ubhall/Clear as a bell
Ce fut en mai
Co a ni mire ri Màiri
Seven stars
Miriam waiting
Fanny Power
Si hei lwli mabi
The serenity waltz
Is ar Éirinn ní neósfhainn cé h-í
Einíní
Wiegenlied
Suo-gân
Seoithín seothó

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Jill Rogoff – Triplett Nova harp**

All pieces traditional except where stated otherwise.*
All Jill’s tunes are copyright, ACUM.
This recording & all arrangements ©Jill Rogoff 2013 ACUM. All rights reserved.

Recorded at Muso Productions, Jerusalem, 2012 without any sound effects.
Abbey Road EQ was used throughout.

Producers: Jill Rogoff & Mitch Clyman
Cover photograph: ©Jill Rogoff
Graphics: Deborah Weiss

Thanks to Mitch Clyman, for his sterling work (as ever); Deborah Weiss for her help with the graphics; Eli, for finding me the full quotation from the Talmud, and my family, for their belief in me and my therapeutic work, and for their assistance.

*Track 1, tune 2; tracks 5 & 8: ©Jill Rogoff ACUM
Track 2: Moniot d’Arras, fl. ca. 1225.
Track 6: Turlough O’Carolan, 1670-1738
Track 12: Johannes Brahms, 1833-1897
Track 1, tune 1; tracks 3, 4, 7, 9, 10,  11 & 13: traditional.

Music has been used for millennia to both soothe and lighten the human spirit.

I have been playing the lever harp in various children’s departments of a Jerusalem hospital for many years, especially in the neonatal intensive care unit. Scientific research has shown that the vibrations of this magical instrument help the newborns to absorb oxygen more easily.

In such therapeutic settings, I play quietly, without dramatic flourishes. Some babies turn their heads towards the music; crying infants tend to quieten down. The families and staff reiterate that the gentle sounds of the harp help them through
stressful days.

The harp also appeals to healthy children. Many simply move to its sounds when I play dance music, and ask to try plucking the strings themselves.

Here, then, are some of the melodies that I like to play for children of different ages and in different situations.

Dedicated to my grandson, Noam Zvi Shefer.
You light up my world.

This is Jill’s ninth solo album, presenting just a part of the repertoire that she uses in playing harp** for premature babies and sick children in a local Jerusalem hospital. It is also appealing to healthy children, of course. Please note: The album for children is shorter than the harp album for adults.The same tracks feature on For Healing, but there are tracks on JR 007 that do not appear on FNN 31102010. This is because of some of the principles of the therapeutic music profession.

**Please note: this is an entirely instrumental album. There are no vocals on it at all.

To see reviews and comments on this album, click here.[to come]

Harp  Music for Babies is now available in CD format directly from Jill only. This is a limited edition. The recording will soon become available also as a download from CD Baby. Watch this space for further details.

Once all the discs are sold, the album will remain available only as a download through CD Baby.

The price of each CD is NIS50/USD15, plus postage and packaging (p&p). Because of the local postal tariffs, the larger the package, the cheaper it is per item. Jill will always quote you the most updated rates.

An crann ubhall/Clear as a Bell (© Jill Rogoff). The first tune is a traditional song from Ireland, in which the girls sit under the trees, gossiping about the men in their village. Jill wrote the second tune in 2002, to honour the memory of the late Derek Bell, harper and instrumentalist extraordinaire with The Chieftains.

Ce fut en mai. A pastourelle by the trouvère Moniot d’Arras (fl. ca. 1225).

Co a ni mire ri Màiri. A traditional Scots dandling song in a slip-jig rhythm (9/8).

Seven stars. This is a traditional Irish jig.

Miriam waiting (© Jill Rogoff). Jill wrote this in honour of a friend and colleague.

Fanny Power. One of the best-known planxties by the famous Irish poet/harper Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738).

Si hei lwli mabi. A traditional Welsh lullaby.

The serenity waltz (© Jill Rogoff). In the summer of 2007, I spent ten days studying Gregorian chant (a type of music I like very much). I refused to sing or play any other kind of music during that period, so that I might feel the legendary full effect of the chant. This harp tune is the result.

Is ar Éirinn ní n-eósfhainn cé h-í. One of the most beautiful Irish melodies I’ve ever heard. This song is given two interpretations: one is political, in which the woman in the song symbolises Ireland. The other is a simple love story. A young man falls in love with a lovely young woman but says nothing about it, as he is poor and cannot offer her marriage. He goes away to earn his fortune. Meanwhile, unaware of the young man’s feelings for her, the woman marries his brother. When the putative lover returns to ask for her hand, he finds he must remain silent still. I know which interpretation I prefer.

Einíní. A traditional Irish lullaby about the various birds going to sleep.

Suo-gân . This is one of the better-known traditional Welsh songs, a lullaby, made famous in Spielberg’s film, The Empire of the Sun.

Wiegenlied. The famous lullaby (Opus 49) by Johannes Brahms (1833–1897). I remember my maternal grandmother (z”l) singing this to me, over and over, when I was very little. I suppose that is why it always touches me so deeply.

Seothín seothó. Another traditional Irish lullaby.