Recently I decided to go to youtube.com and type in “midnight on the water” to see what would come up. Quite an assortment of versions of the waltz came up, being performed by soloists on various instruments as well as ensembles. The most beautiful rendition of the song to my ears was the one by Celtic harpist Ellen Tepper.
Ellen, of Glenside, Pennsylvania, is both a harpist and historian who brings life to 500 years of harp music. She began the study of classical harp at age eight and spent much of her childhood exploring ancient ruins in Europe. She went on to earn a degree in Harp Performance from the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts. Ellen became an authority on the early harp and she is now demand as both a performer and a lecturer known for her humorous approach to historical anecdote.
Ellen’s website is at http://www.ellentepper.com/. She and guitarist Ray Duffy have produced a CD entitled The Space between the Strings. At http://www.ellentepper.com/space.html Ellen and Ray have graciously provided an absolutely enchanting audio of Midnight on the Water from their CD.
See and hear Ellen perform Midnght on the Water solo at:
There is a version by Ellen with Ray at: