edgradwell wrote:Hi Frank. I'm glad to hear you have the makings of a version of Blind Mary, and I'm sorry if I've put you on the spot regards how to approach which style to use.
No worries, challenges like that is what makes the arrangement work interesting. Just writing basic classical guitar arrangements of folk/folkish songs tend to be a bit boring - it's just too easy!
I ended up choosing a modern folk music approach. Interestingly, it turned out as something that could also easily pass as a 17th century lute arrangement even though I didn't have that in mind at all.
You can find my arrangement at viewtopic.php?f=12&t=75410
edgradwell wrote:I've never thought of his music as medieval
Well, medieval is perhaps not the right word but 17th century Irish harpers tended to be quite conservative, playing in a style more in line with music trends from a century or three earlier. O'Carolan was sometimes criticized by his contemporary colleagues for being too modern.
AlexRaven wrote:Cohey Minami made some guitar arrangement of O'Carolan pieces.
I also just noticed there are quite a few O'Carolan arrangements on this message board.
AlexRaven wrote:I cannot give you the reference to his site - for some reasons which are not clear to me this reference is forbidden on Classicalguitardelcamp.com.
That would be Tony Wilkinson's site. I tried to link to it myself in another context and when I asked one of the moderators why I couldn't, I was told that they were a bit unsure whether that site is free of copyright infringements and besides, even if it is, it's way too commercial. Personally I also have issues with the quality of that site, not just the massive amount of annoying ads but also with the music itself. Wilkinson's own transcriptions are quite good. He's a really good music typesetter and he doesn't do any editing at all, just copying directly whatever earlier edition he works from. Unfortunately he has chosen to also fill up his site with Alvarez butcheries and other rubbish transcriptions he's picked up across the web so the overall quality level is uneven to put it mildly.