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The Woods – for Harp Quartet (LHS)
|PDF or LHS||Downloadable, Lyon & Healy/Salvi Publications|
|Lyon & Healy/Salvi Publication (LHS)|
|Harp Type||Pedal Harp|
This piece was inspired by the deep Swedish forests, where I have spent a vast amount of time playing, moving, and contemplating. The soothing, mysterious atmosphere in there always awes me and seems to heighten my emotions. The main melody of the piece came to me while I was running through the woods, heartbroken, trying to work out my emotions. I had to stop for a moment to listen. Was what I heard really only inside my head? Swedish folklore is packed with mythological creatures, many of whom are said to live in the forests. To me, the flowing melodies and glasslike textures of this piece evoke feelings of longing and anticipation. It might also be what it sounds like when Elves are dancing nearby.
The Woods is an imaginative composition written by contemporary jazz harpist Anna Jalkéus.
The piece transports you to the dreamlike world of the Swedish forest, where flowing melodies and glasslike textures evoke feelings of longing and anticipation.