UM1121 Perlau yn y Glaw

Perlau yn y Glaw
Five Dances for Harp
Mared Emlyn

Cover imagePerlau yn y Glaw by Mared Emlyn won the music Composition Medal at the Urdd National Eisteddfod in Swansea 2011. The adjudicators wrote: "Perlau is a virtuoso work...and a valuable contribution to the harp repertoire."

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This composition is a series of five dances for the harp. They are not specific dances but have a dance like feel, inspired by the sense that there is rhythm and dance in everything around us. The title comes from the idea that raindrops shine like pearls on leaves, when we take the time to look. Sometimes they are hidden, almost in secret.
I. The first movement is a strong and rhythmic opening. For the correct effect, it is important to dampen the opening chords immediately after playing them. The end of the piece should be vague, leading to the next movement.
II. A livelier movement requiring clean finger work. There are two moods to the piece that should be differentiated, one clear and distinct, and the other light and playful.
III. The atmosphere here is completely different. The movement is expressive and needs to be played with freedom, holding back at the end of sentences to appreciate the tone of the harp. The melody needs to be clear in each of the variations.
IV. A light and playful character is prominent in this movement. It isn't complex, and is completely different to the final movement.
V. A fast, rhythmic movement, full of energy that brings the work to a climax.


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Library Information

Title: Perlau yn y Glaw
Composer: Mared Emlyn
Contents: Five Dances for Harp
Instrumentation: Pedal Harp
Level: Advanced
Format: A4 stapled score
ISMN: 9790708091219
Publisher: Cwmni Cyhoeddi Gwynn
Edition/Year: 2011
Origin: Wales, UK
Our Ref: UM1121