Jill Rogoff | Harp Music for Babies

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Harp Music for Babies

by Jill Rogoff

When the baby's crying and you don't know what to do, just put on this soothing album of gentle tunes played on the harp.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. An Crann Ubhall / Clear as a Bell
2:56 $0.99
2. Ce Fut En Mai
1:11 $0.99
3. Co a Ni Mire Ri Màiri
1:57 $0.99
4. Seven Stars
1:24 $0.99
5. Miriam Waiting
2:54 $0.99
6. Fanny Power
2:37 $0.99
7. Si Hei Lwli Mabi
1:25 $0.99
8. The Serenity Waltz
2:20 $0.99
9. Is Ar Éirinn Ní Neósfhainn Cé H-í
2:09 $0.99
10. Einíní
1:59 $0.99
11. Suo-Gân
1:45 $0.99
12. Wiegenlied
1:04 $0.99
13. Seoithín Seothó
1:47 $0.99
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Album Notes
Jill Rogoff Harp Music for Babies FNN31102010

Jill Rogoff – Triplett Nova harp

All pieces traditional except where stated otherwise.*
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,
and my family, for their belief in me and my 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 and pediatric intensive care units. Scientific research has shown that the vibrations of this magical instrument help the newborns to absorb oxygen more easily and all small children to relax and breathe 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.

1. 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. I wrote the second tune in 2002, to honour the memory of the late Derek Bell, harper and instrumentalist extraordinaire with The Chieftains.

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

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

4. Seven stars. This is a traditional Irish jig.

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

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

7. Si hei lwli mabi. A traditional Welsh lullaby.

8. 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 full -- legendary -- effect of the chant. This harp tune is the result.

9. 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.

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

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. Seothín seothó. Another traditional Irish lullaby.



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