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 archive.org).
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.)