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Le Soir
Premier Impromptu

John Thomas Pencerdd Gwalia (1826-1913)
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Cover image Work: Single work for solo harp
Catalogue No: Adlais 047
ISMN: 979-0-57032-001-1
Edition: August 2005, A4 stapled
Duration: c. 5' 23 " minutes
Suitable for: Grade 7, Pedal Harp
Price:: £7.00  Go to shop
Examination: LCM DipLCM in Performance (2011-2015)
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Inspired by lines from Byron's Childe Harolde, John Thomas's Premier Impromptu, Le Soir is dedicated to the poet's daughter, Augusta Ada, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852). Best known as a brilliant mathematician, she was also a gifted harpist, and after hearing the twelve-year-old John Thomas play, she became his patron, subsidising his studies at the Royal Academy of Music (1840-1846). As a token of his esteem and his gratitude, John Thomas dedicated many of his published harp solo compositions to her, Le Soir being one of the earliest of these.


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