Modern music with an early twist. Carol Wood is a harpist, composer, and Professor Emerita of Medieval Literature at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where she taught for almost thirty years. Her music is mystical, lyrical, modern and ancient all in one. This book is for harp and voice. Sound and visual samples provided. Ms. Wood’s music can be used for performances or personal enjoyment. INTERMEDIATE, ALL HARPS.
Carol describes the pieces below.
- The World of Dreams—a lullaby I wrote when my grandson was born, using a poem by Walter de la Mare . Page 4
- The Song of Wandering Aengus—this beautiful poem by W. B. Yeats has been set to music many times. This piece uses the melody of the Latin plainchant Conditor Alme Siderum. Page 10
- Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal—by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Page 15
- Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal—(in B flat). Page 20
- The Night-Piece: To Julia—a setting of one of Robert Herrick’s witty and elegant works. Page 25
- The Pleiads—A. E. Housman composed this poem based on his translation of a fragment of Sappho. Page 28
- Tonight—a setting of a romantic lyric by the American poet Sara Teasdale.
- The Avenue—The text of this song is by Frances Cornford (1886-1960). Page 34
Suite: Poets, Flowers, and Time
- To Daffodils—a setting of one of Herrick’s most famous poems. Page 38
10. Ah! Sunflower—text by William Blake. Page 42
- The Dandelion—text by Vachel Lindsay. Page 44
- The Dandelion—(for harps tuned in flats) Note to vocalists and keyboard players: both versions of The Dandelion use enharmonic notation so that they can be played on the lever harp (G sharps instead of the normally expected A flats, or in the version above, A sharps rather than B flats). Page 47