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Out on the Ocean - harmony Irish fiddle tune sheet music for viola, cello, violin or string quartet

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This sheet music is for my versatile four part harmony arrangement of the traditional Irish jig 'Out on the Ocean'.

You will get various scores, and all the individual parts for the harmonies and bass line. The harmonies and bass line come in treble, alto and bass clef versions, and the melody is in treble clef.

The music consists of the melody, two harmony parts that follow the rhythm of the melody, and a slower part that is intended to be used as a bass part but can also be played on a higher instrument and may be good for less experienced players as it's not as fast or complex as the others.

The harmonies don't need to played all at once. They *can* be, but they are intended to be options to pick and choose from by groups making their own arrangements. (You can hear an example of how this could be done in the demonstration recording above.) They can be used in groups as small as violin/viola duets or violin/cello duets, with the second player alternating between the different harmony options, right up to large groups of players such as a fiddle orchestra.

In their original octaves, the four parts also fit perfectly on a string quartet. I've provided five different versions of the score for people to pick their preferred parts from, which are:

* String quartet
* All harmonies in alto clef for viola
* All harmonies in treble clef for violin, mandolin, flute, recorder, accordion etc.
* All harmonies in bass clef, most suitable for cello range
* Two harmonies in treble clef, bass part in bass clef (e.g. for a fiddle/flute-based band with a piano player)

All of the scores also include chords, and include the melody in treble clef at the normal pitch.

If you need a different transposition (e.g. if you're playing with a transposing instrument player) please contact me and let me know - I can make new score versions as needed.

Photo of storm petrels by Richard Crossley (The Crossley ID Guide Britain and Ireland) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.


released July 13, 2019


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Folk arrangements sheet music - traditional folk tunes that can be used in various groups such as bands, string groups, string quartets, trios and duos.

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