SM0550: From the Land of the Long White Cloud V2

Music for harp
From the Land of the Long White Cloud
Volume 2
Anna Dunwoodie & Shane Stewart
 

Music Score Cover ImageFrom the Land of the Long White Cloud
6 Solos for Intermediate Lever Harp
- Volume 2

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 2

Contents

The Heron (waltz)
The Resolved Dispute (air)
Miss Laura Robertson (jig)
Lesley's Waltz (waltz)
Planxty Rosemary (waltz)
Always There (air)

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.

The Heron was the first piece of music I wrote to fit onto the range of the Scottish Smallpipes, all nine notes of them! It was somewhat of a challenge considering I had never had to put much thought into writing in a set key (2 sharps) and a limited range, but it worked really well, and I have written many tunes in this key since! It is dedicated to Shane's then newly opened Heron Recording Studios.

There are two versions of this tune - a solo harp version and one where the harp accompanies the melody instrument. We play The Heron and straight in to The Resolved Dispute.

The Resolved Dispute was the first tune co-written by Shane and myself. The first part was written by Shane, and he gave it to me to see what I could do with it, and then also wrote a B part, which didn’t take my fancy. So I wrote another B part, which he didn't like. We had to set it aside for a month or so until he saw the light, and decided my B part was perfect for the tune. All good things come in time!

Written to celebrate the birth of Miss Laura Robertson in 2001. Laura started learning the harp at the age of four and a half, and now, in 2015, has passed her Grade 6 practical harp exams. Maybe every new baby should have a dedicated tune to ensure musical talent in their later life?

Lesley's Waltz was started by Shane and finished by me (we do this sometimes when we get a bit stuck for where to go next with the tune) and dedicated to Shane's mum, Lesley Carter. There is a second version of this tune where the harp plays accompaniment to the melody line - I tend to do a mix of both versions when we play it together. And, although there is a key change, this runs very nicely into Planxty Rosemary.

Planxty Rosemary is dedicated to Australian harpist Rosemary St John who, several years ago, became my penpal (she doesn't have a computer) and this tune popped into my head when I was thinking of her one morning. Her beautifully handwritten letters are always a delight to recieve. There is also a harmony line to go with this tune.

Always There is a piece of music written to put to rest some ghosts of passed loved ones who, and it sounds weird, I know, kept appearing in my dreams. Their appearances were getting a bit upsetting, as I miss each of them in their different ways, but I decided to write them a tune and let them know that although they may be gone from this world, they will always be there in many ways. Strangely, I haven't dreamed of them since writing this piece.

Its always fun composing with Shane - we have contrary composing styles, so bringing them together can be fun and challenging in one, and its great to be able to hand over a composition which has me stumped and say 'hey, can you finish this one'!

Thanks to the gorgeous Moira Pagan for the fantastic cover art (www.moirapagan.wix.com) and the cover formatting by John Pagan.

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 2
Composers: Anna Dunwoodie & Shane Stewart
Instrumentation: Lever Harp
Level: Intermediate
Size / Format: A4 Stapled Book
Weight: 85gm
ISMN: EU edition 979-0-57046-209-4
Our Ref: SM0550
Publisher: Anna Dunwoodie
Edition/Year: EU Edition - October 2016- Creighton's Collection
Origin: Wales, UK

Sample Pages

Sample of the music