An Cruitire

Some tunes sit better on certain instruments, usually the instrument they are written on.

For example, even though Billy Joel is a piano player, it’s very difficult to play his song The Entertainer on piano. Why? Well it’s based around a rhythmic acoustic guitar pattern that just isn’t possible to recreate on piano – it just sounds better on guitar. However that doesn’t mean that you can’t come up with your own version on piano.

Going back to the title of today’s blog, ‘An Cruitire’ means ‘the harpist’ in Irish, and it’s a beautiful piece of music written by Michael Rooney.

It was my first attempt at playing a tune written on the harp on piano, and it was really interesting. I found that some of the fast runs that are more straightforward on the harp don’t quite sit as well under the fingers on piano (and listening back my phrasing on some of them could have been better), and it was also lovely to play some melody patterns that you would just never think of writing on piano.

On the other hand though, there are things I tried here that just wouldn’t be possible on the harp, for example throwing some blues licks on top of the melody, and especially digging into the chords at times to make full use of the percussive nature of the piano.

Great fun to play though – thanks Michael!


I'm Kieran and I play piano. Actually I do a bit more than just playing - I teach others how to play, and I write music, arrange it and host/produce shows.

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