Have you been searching for a motivating project for your teenage piano students?…Something they will be excited about? Something that makes them want to practice like crazy, yet still has educational merit? Are you tired of hunting for sheet music that will peak their interest? This book is your solution!
Following an ancient legend in which a small band of mysterious youth protect the island of Arranmore from a vicious viking army, this book provides celtic-flavored character themes in each of the “white key” minor keys.
Inspire your teens with the legend, engage them with the original artwork, and then challenge them to learn all of the pieces in this book. Their ability to play within key signatures they may not frequently encounter, and their willingness to play with expression will soar as they explore Saorla’s Theme, Carrick’s Theme, Taefa’s Theme… and more!
Check out the video trailer below and then keep reading for more details…
Who Were The Guardians of Arranmore?
In 1057 AD, Gunnar Forkbeard, the most terrifying ruler of his time, prepared to conquer the only nation to have repelled the assaults of his Viking armies: Ireland.
Standing between Forkbeard and certain victory was an isolated island called Arranmore, home to nothing more than a small clan of farmers and fishermen.
In hopes of securing a quick victory, Forkbeard sent an army of 10 000 to overrun the inhabitants of the island and gain control of its protected harbor, staging his final push into West Ireland.
On Arranmore, a few hundred men, women, and children barricaded themselves inside the island’s tiny fortress and awaited a dark fate.
As history will tell, the tiny fortress did not fall, the islanders did not perish, and Forkbeard’s army did not send Ireland into decades of darkness.
But there is more to this story, details that were omitted by historians, details that were passed off as myth, details that told of a small band of mysterious youth descending on the tiny fortress and fighting mercilessly against Forkbeard’s warriors.
History may have forgotten these heroes, but generations of islanders have not. And today their spirit lives on, if only in song. What follows are the battle cries of Arranmore’s saviors.