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CoverA Lonely Land [level: Medium]
Giselle Wyers: Bio and other works | Giselle Wyers Choral Series
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1363 | duration: 4:45 | price: $2.20
accompaniment: piano, violin
INSTRUMENT PART: violin part - FREE Download

Composed to be performed by a US choir touring in Ireland, the violin offers a plaintive Irish folk melody, the piano adds a sprightly accompaniment, and the singers have soaring melodies. The result is a stunning, delightful composition.

Oregon Repertory Singers - Ethan Sperry, conductor [© all rights reserved]

CLICK HERE: See and Hear the Complete Score or download a perusal copy: HERE

CLICK HERE: Read the Text or Poem
from Flower PIeces (1888)

Vast barren hills and moors, cliffs over lakes,
Great headlands by the sea---a lonely land!

With Fishers' huts beside a yellow strand
Where wave on wave in foam and thunder breaks,

Or else a tranquil blue horizon takes
Sunlight and shadow.
piano violin interlude
Few can understand The poor folk's ancient tongue, sweet, simple, grand,
Wherein a dreamy old-world half awakes.

And on these hills a thousand years ago
Their fathers wander'd, sun and stars for clock,
With minds to wing above and creep below;
Heard what we hear, the ocean's solemn shock,---
Saw what we see, this Heather-flow'r aglow,
Empurpling league-long slope and crested rock.

William Allingham

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"This piece is so beautiful. Itís only a few hours until I perform this piece with the rest of Californiaís top high school singers at ccda all state honor choir! Our conductor is Mrs. Wyers herself! This piece isnít too hard on the voices so if you need a piece to give your students a vocal break, this is perfect!"
review by: Andre Pamplona Da Silva, Crescent City, CA - DNHS Madrigal Choir

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