Harp that once through Tara's halls (Stevenson, John)

Sheet Music

Arrangements and Transcriptions

For Voice and Piano (unknown)

PDF scanned by US-PRV
Zeyarshwe (2017/6/14)

Publisher. Info. Boston: Oliver Ditson, n.d.
Misc. Notes From the International Harp Archives at Brigham Young University
(also digitally archived at the Internet Archive).
From the collection "Gems of Ireland", which, though scanned from a harp archive, does not specify harp, and was more likely just played on harp from a voice/piano version.
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General Information

Work Title Harp that once through Tara's halls
Alternative. Title
Composer Stevenson, John
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IJS 4
First Publication. 1810 ca.? - Philadelphia: George Willig
Librettist Thomas Moore (1779-1852)
Language English
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Classical
Piece Style Classical
Instrumentation probably voice and piano (see below, Comments)
Related Works a keyword search for the title will bring up several other arrangements of this.
Primary Sources US-BEm MS 137 (abschrift, part of early 19th-century collection of 110 songs by various composers - RISM 000121360)
RISM A/I S 6199 (description of early George Willig publication)

Misc. Comments

  • John Stevenson "is best known for his ‘symphonies and accompaniments’ to Thomas Moore's collection of Irish melodies, in which he showed himself a follower of Haydn." It is unknown if they were all published together or separately, but it is unknown what accompaniment was original to this song.
  • The earliest publication date for this specific song on WorldCat is "[London] : [Addison & Hodson], [1846?]", but Stevenson died in 1833, so there is most likely [correction: may be] an earlier publication that includes this song (many of the collections have no indexes, so it is hard to tell). The WorldCat page says "From A selection of Irish melodies, by Thomas Moore. Accompaniment for the pianoforte by Sir John Stevenson." Therefore, voice and piano is the assumed instrumentation, but the tagging can be corrected if a first edition is ever uploaded to IMSLP that shows a different instrumentation.
  • This - WorldCat - page shows an assumed publication date of 1909 (Dublin: J. Duffy) for a larger collection, and says describes it as "Irish tunes arranged principally for voice and piano."
  • Don't assume that just because a composer isn't famous, that publication stopped with their death, that is, that there is "most likely" a publication before they died (that posthumous first publications are reserved for [_now_] well-known or [really] interesting composers.) :) - ES (the early Philadelphia:George Willig score (probably published pre-1844) can be seen, by the way, here @ the JHU collection. At a guess (not mine), published sometime around 1810.)