The Parting Glass
An Irish Song
The Parting Glass is a tender song, an Irish song that speaks of memory, of friends, and of sorrow at going away.
It is also beautiful
You and your students will enjoy playing and singing it.
Scroll down the page for the links to the free printable PDF files in several keys for Parting Glass.
You can get buy the recording here at Amazon of the Wailin' Jennys performing this song.
The difficulty of multiple versions with folk tunes
Because the versions of this Irish song vary so greatly, it was hard for me to make sense of it at first, and to really pin down the heart of the melody.
After multiple listenings to a number of different performers, I settled on this short version of The Wailin' Jennys as the standard that I would use for my lead sheets.
Have a listen to other recordings of The Parting Glass and see what you think.
NEWS FLASH!!! Get the Wailin' Jennys' arrangement!
The Wailin' Jennys have made a sheet music arrangement of their excellent trio available, for sale, on this page:
This is an a capella arrangement. I have used it in several recitals so far - students and audiences LOVE IT.
Sinead O'Connor's rendition is also short:
Here is a very interesting arrangement by The Gentlemen of the College of William and Mary. It is long and complicated, with changes to the tune:
I read, but do not know for a certainty, that the arrangement used by The Gentlemen of the College is the same one that can be found in the Celtic Woman songbook "Believe."
The song "The Parting Glass" is certainly in that book, but I haven't had the opportunity to see the arrangement.
Here are the links to the lead sheets:
Download The Parting Glass in the key of Bm
Download free Irish sheet music in the key of Cm
Download Irish traditional song in Dm
Download free vocal sheet music in Em
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All the first-year material I give my beginner students.
Piano keyboard sheets, scales, chords, note-reading exercises, and over 256 pages of music!
Queen Esther in the Bible
This beautiful song book for piano & voice "Esther, For Such a Time as This", available as a digital download, tells the riveting story of the time when Jews in ancient Persia faced a foe named Haman, and how a brave young queen risked her life to save her people.
A good choice for a singing story-teller, an operatic group, a short theater production, or a class of children!
This book is also available from Amazon as a paperback.
Just the Black Keys
This book is available as a digital download from this site. Visit this page to see some free examples from the book.
It is also available from Amazon as a paperback!
This is the perfect easy start for little pianists.
And when they start reading white-key notes on the staff, this is a fun easy resource to say each week, "Choose a new black-key song at home this week and figure it out to show me next lesson!" They will be spending more time at the piano.
The Adventures of Tonsta
A perfect read aloud storybook
for little boys or girls.
The Adventures of Tonsta highlight the travels of a very young boy with a good heart, who goes about helping folk in trouble.
With a red cap on his head and a sack of tools slung over his shoulder, Tonsta seems to meet people in distress wherever he goes.
Lots of trolls in this book - including one who gives him a Christmas gift!
Available at Amazon
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