SM0551: From the Land of the Long White Cloud V3

Music for harp
From the Land of the Long White Cloud
Volume 3
Anna Dunwoodie & Shane Stewart
 

Music Score Cover ImageFrom the Land of the Long White Cloud
6 Solos for Intermediate Lever Harp
- Volume 3

Most of my compositions have a story behind them….. and these are no exception! Giving a title, or a story to a composition is, for me, to make up for a lack of lyrics, and it’s rare for me to sit and play these tunes without conjuring up the reason for the title, and the fun times that happen behind the music ......

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Contents

From the Land of the Long White Cloud
6 Solos for Intermediate Lever Harp
- Volume 3

Contents

Clarence Street (waltz)
Mweenish (air)
Jamie's Hiccups (hornpipe)
The Appin Lament
The Fallen Apple (lament)
The Wedding Waltz

Foreword

Most of my compositions have a story behind them….. and these are no exception! Giving a title, or a story to a composition is, for me, to make up for a lack of lyrics, and it’s rare for me to sit and play these tunes without conjuring up the reason for the title, and the fun times that happen behind the music.

Clarence Street is the home of two lovely friends of ours, David and Gill. We have had many fun times with this couple over the last twenty or so years, and they are kind enough to open their home for our cushion concerts and bring together lots of musical friends. This was written to celebrate David's 60th birthday. There is also an arrangement for melody instrument and harp accompaniment, and when we play this together, I play a mix of both arrangements.

Mweenish..... this tune came to me after an inspiring week listening to the very informed and educated ramblings of Irish fiddler, Tola Custy. One of the main points I got from his ramblings was that it was fine to work with what ever form or structure you wanted, and he played us a lovely tune of his that only had an A part (no B part) and was an irregular number of bars in length. So for quite a while this piece was an A part only. But it didn't fit with anything else we had in our repertoire, and it was lonely, so I gave in and wrote it a B part. Mweenish is a quiet and windblown island off the coast of Galway.

Jamie's Hiccups. My eldest son hiccupped before he was born, and continues to have a day every now and then that he will hiccup on and off all day. This jumpy little tune depicts his hiccups as a young lad.

The Appin Lament is dedicated to the grandmother of the New Zealand Gaidhealtacht, Meg Chowns. It is still very emotional and moving for us to play this piece is memory of such a lovely lady.

The Fallen Apple.... a lament for the apple who has fallen off the family tree.... how can it ever return to its cherished position in the branches?

Thanks to the gorgeous Moira Pagan for the fantastic cover art (www.moirapagan.wix.com) and the cover formatting by John Pagan - a collaborative effort spread across several continents!

If you would like more information about any of my other compositions for ensemble or solo, check out my website www.annadunwoodie.co.nz or email me at harpmad@gmail.com.

Thanks, from Anna in NZ

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Aotearoa (the land of the long white cloud) ao - cloud, tea - white or clear, roa - long or tall
Aotearoa is the Maori name for New Zealand. Legend says that the explorer Kupe’s first indication of land in the distance was the long cloud which hung over the North Island of NZ

Library Information

Series: From the Land of the Long White Cloud
Title: Volume 3
Composers: Anna Dunwoodie & Shane Stewart
Instrumentation: Lever Harp
Level: Intermediate
Size / Format: A4 Stapled Book
Weight: 75gm
ISMN: EU edition 979-0-57046-210-0
Our Ref: SM0551
Publisher: Anna Dunwoodie
Edition/Year: EU Edition - October 2016- Creighton's Collection
Origin: Wales, UK

Sample Pages

Sample of the music