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You can download a sample from this book and buy the book digitally as a pdf download.
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This book will help you unlock the beauty of Irish airs as played on the cello. Featuring ten exquisite Irish melodies arranged by Ilse de Ziah, with variations, bowing, fingering, and ornamentation. They are an excellent tool for technical development, with techniques employed including the use of left hand pizzicato, false harmonics, octaves and double stops. This creates a rich musical arrangement, often with the melody supported by an accompaniment despite it being performed on one instrument. Eight of the ten airs in this book are traditional and written by unknown composers. Each air includes historical and background descriptions, as well as lyrics that are associated with some of the melodies. Price: €25.00 + €3.00 postage and packing

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</form>Here is an example air from the book. “The Young Man’s Dream”

Irish Airs for Solo Cello Contents:

  1. Carrickfergus
  2. Buachaill on Eirne (Boy from Ireland)
  3. Aisling An Oigfhir (Young Man’s Dream)
  4. Amhran na Leabhar (Song of the Books)
  5. Fanny Power – O’Carolan
  6. Cape Clear
  7. Down by the Sally Gardens
  8. Eamonn a’ Chnuic (Ned of the Hill)
  9. A Stor mo Chroi (Treasure of my Heart)
  10. Inch Strand – Ilse de Ziah

The Book also includes a CD with all of the airs performed by Ilse de Ziah.

Listen to a track:  Aisling An Oigfhir

Irish Airs for Solo cello features a wide variety of technical challenges in beautiful and harmonically satisfying arrangements, complete with helpful tips and fascinating background information on the Airs origins. From the singing Carrickfergus to a rustic Fanny Power, players of all levels (familiarity with first and fourth positions is a minimum requirement) will be inspired and delighted. Pieces with double stops, thumb position, false harmonics also provide a challenge to the more advanced cellist as well as a wonderful, musical opportunity for the novice to explore these techniques. ‘Irish Airs for Solo Cello,’ is a rare treat for cellists, providing unaccompanied pieces which are a joy to listen to and play. Classical style, yet with a traditional Irish sensibility, this collection brings Irish music to the forefront of classical performance pieces and is not to be missed. A treat for cellists playing traditional music for the first time.

The Cd is now available for purchase. Price is €15.00 + €1.50 postage and packing.

The CD is also available for digital download at CD baby
Ilse de Ziah: Irish Airs For Solo Cello



  1. David James
    November 8, 2018

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    I’ve just watched “Living the Tradition: An Enchanting Journey into Old Irish Airs”, on Amazon Prime – a magical 52 mins, and I’ll watch it again. Thank you Ilse for making such a captivating film, which included you meeting a whole bunch of lovely people along the way, as well as playing beautiful music.

    I’m 67, and started learning the cello in January this year (2018). I have a lovely teacher (who has the patience of a saint by the way, because I’m learning from scratch) and she keeps me motivated to learn and progress. Starting at my age I’m not at all sure where I hope to end up though, so I’m just enjoying the ride, but I’ve a mind to buy your Irish Airs collection after watching you.

    Thank you so much for a fascinating, moving film, so obviously made with love and integrity. Such a shame there isn’t a DVD (or is there?).

    • ilse
      November 9, 2018

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      Thanks so much David, keep enjoying playing cello, it is a journey, and always rewarding! Yes I do have the DVD and it is a longer version with a few more airs included (Directors cut) Here is the link to order it.
      All the best!

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