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The Polynesian explorer Kupe called New Zealand The Land of the Long White Cloud when he first saw it from his waka (canoe). Aotearoa is the Maori word which means land of the long white cloud.
The music in these 4 books was written by Kiwi composer Anna Dunwoodie. Two books have pieces co-written by Shane Stewart. The music is dedicated to their family and friends all over the world, and inspiration for these pieces stems from listening to visiting musicians, and their travels in other countries.
All the music is suitable for intermediate lever harp players. While each piece is written as a solo, there are also a few pieces which have an optional melody line - which Shane plays on low Irish whistles, or Scottish small pipes. The pieces range from 3 sharps to 3 flats, with only the occasional (very occasional!) lever change within the music, or moving from one tune to the next in a set. There are no fingerings. See the bottom of this page for a few samples from each volume.
Here's how Anna describes these books.
Land of the Long White Cloud, Volume 1
These pieces all have stories attached. While I'm fond of them all, I think my favourite is Madam Vinegar – a somewhat difficult person who imposed on everyone attending a four-day harp ensemble workshop. She really impacted on the atmosphere and so I decided to write a beautiful air for her to right the balance of the universe! This tune flows really well into The Sonsie Lass – a tune for the buxom lassies that my wee lads used to snuggle up to in concerts and at late night ceilidhs. The PDF of Volume 1 is 14 pages, including 11 pages of music.
Vol. 1 Contents: The Copper Rose (waltz), Telynor (air), Madam Vinegar (waltz), The Sonsie Lass (slow jig), Windmill Road (slow reel), As He Gently Breathes (air)
Land of the Long White Cloud, Volume 2
I don't really believe in ghosts, but the tune Always There is a tribute tune to two of my lovely uncles, and my darling great Aunty Sybil, who often came to chat to me in my dreams, and I would wake bemused or distressed. So I decided to counter this by writing them a tune, convincing both them, and me, that they would always be important, and 'always there' but that they didn't need to visit me. It worked! It has been a very special tune to me ever since I wrote it. The PDF of Volume 2 is 16 pages, including 13 pages of music.
Vol. 2 Contents: The Heron (Waltz), The Resolved Dispute (air), Miss Laura Robertson (jig), Lesley's Waltz (Waltz), Planxty Rosemary (waltz), Always There (air)
Land of the Long White Cloud, Volume 3
Clarence Street is maybe not really in waltz time the way we play it. It's actually quite lively – just like the people we wrote it for – Gill and David, who live on Clarence Street, Devonport, in Auckland. It's a great fun piece. There is lots more information about the people and places behind the tunes in the front of the book.
The PDF of Volume 3 is 12 pages, including 9 pages of music.
Vol. 3 Contents: Clarence Street (waltz), Mweenish (air), Jamie's Hiccups (hornpipe), The Appin Lament, The Fallen Apple (lament), The Wedding Waltz
Land of the Long White Cloud, Volume 4
Skerryvore was written after reading a fantastic book on Robert Louis Stevenson's life, and his family passion and work in building lighthouses around the UK. Skerryvore was one of these lighthouses.
The PDF of Volume 4 is 11 pages, including 8 pages of music.
Vol. 4 Contents: West Park Waltz, Skerryvore (air), Vinegar Hill (air), Bev's Fancy (reel), Fru Sally (reel), Mrs Raewynn Robertson (air)
Click on the to see a sample of the first few lines of music.
- Volume 1: The Copper Rose
- Volume 1: Telynor
- Volume 2: Resolved
- Volume 2: The Heron - solo
- Volume 2: The Heron – with melody instrument
- Volume 3: Clarence Street - solo
- Volume 3: Clarence Street – with melody instrument
- Volume 3: Mweenish
- Volume 4: West Park Waltz
- Volume 4: Skerryvore
- Volume 4: Vinegar Hill - solo
- Volume 4: Vinegar Hill – with melody instrument