- Note by the composer
A Welsh Landscape is dedicated to Rosalind
Sharples. Painter, poet and harpist, Rosalind and her husband,
the sculptor Chris Sharples, live in one of the most beautiful
parts of Pembrokeshire. Surrounded by the ancient Ty Canol woods,
whose canopies shade the greenest of moss-covered stones, this
paradise is dominated by Mynydd Carningli, known as the 'Mountain
of Angels'. The countryside around is filled with traces of prehistoric
settlements, standing stones and ancient burial sites like the
megalithic cromlech of Pentre Ifan. Close lies the sea at Newport.
It was this landscape which inspired this suite of pieces, and
I hope it will be the first of many inspired by the magic of Wales.
INTERLUDE 1 Adagio (35 seconds)
The beginning is peaceful (Moonlight
on the sea), and the crescendo towards the end makes one aware
of the temperamental and heaving sea. The glissandos are 'free'
Bars 1- 6: When played on harps with only 43 or 44 strings,
the bottom 7Eb, which is unavailable, will be eliminated. Play
Pedals should be moved exactly where indicated.
DAWN (20 seconds)
The sun rises out of the sea
and we are transported to the woods at Ty Canol.
INTO THE FOREST (80 seconds)
An early morning gallop. Rosalind
gallops joyfully through the magical countryside.
Bars 21-24 and bars 42-46: the awkward 'leap' in the left hand
may be avoided by repeating the first half of the bar at the
same pitch, or leaving it out.
Bars 25-41: some harpists may prefer to reverse the hand position,
playing the notes in the upper stave with the left hand and
the notes in the lower stave with the right hand.
INTERLUDE 2 Seascape (35 seconds)
As in Interlude 1. When played
on harps with 43 or 44 strings, omit bottom 7Eb octave in the
left hand. Play only 6Eb. Pedals to be moved exactly where indicated.
DAVID OF THE WHITE ROCK (125
This melody is one of the most
moving and memorable from the musical heritage of Wales. The
dying harpist, David, asks his family to bring his harp so that
he can touch it for the last time. An angel appears to him, telling
him to play the harp during his last journey. The rising figuration
in the second verse accompanies David's soul as it rises to heaven.
When played as a separate solo, this arrangement may be played
in A minor.
INTERLUDE 3 Seascape (35 seconds)
As in Interludes 1 and 2 omit bottom 7Eb when played on harps with
43 or 44 strings. Glissandos should be 'free'. Pedals to be moved
exactly where indicated.
THE MILLER'S SONG (75 seconds)
In this joyful song, the miller
catalogues all those delightful possessions which will make him
irresistible to a prospective wife. The hypnotic harmony and
rhythm suggest the mill wheel turning.