Harpsichord Louise

My Aunt Louise (Reidy) Verling was the only sibling of my father Seán O Riada. As my mother Ruth had no siblings, Louise held a special place in our affections.

She was a music teacher and lecturer and had a lovely 'touch' when playing the piano.  She was married to the painter Walter Verling and had four talented children, Katy, Eithne, Frances and Luke.  They are our only first cousins. In November of 2004 she discovered she had a brain tumour and died on 25/3/2005.  Shortly before that she had rescued a harpsichord at an auction.  It was being sold as a possible 'drinks cabinet'.  Louise thought that sacrilegious and bought it. Then the tumour arrived and as she lay drifting in and out of consciousness on her last day, she opened an eye and said to her dear daughter Katy and myself, that i should take the harpsichord.  Some weeks later the instrument arrived and i searched for and found a harpsichord builder in London called Clive.  He came and spent three weeks with us rebuilding the instrument whose sentimental value, for me, far outstrips its marketable worth.  This piece was the first thing to wander into my head when the rebuild was finished.  There is the original harpsichord arrangement but this is just the tune.

I recorded the tune with Martin Hayes and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh on the Triúr Arís album.  
Price: 15.00


You will find the score/dots/music notation here

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