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  • No. 8290|Walker|The Golden Harp|Piano/Choral Score

    Piano/Choral Score No. 8290

    Full Score for String Orchestra Version (Rental or Sale) No. 8291

    Parts for String Orchestra Version (Rental Only) No. 8292

    Full Score for String Quartet Version No. 8293

    Parts for String Quartet Version No. 8294

    Two Prayers from The Golden Harp (SATB unaccompanied) No. 8295

    The Golden Harp

    GWYNETH WALKER

    Readings and Musical Settings of the Poetry of Rabindranath Tagorefor SATB Chorus and Piano, or String Orchestra, or String Quartet

  • Commissioned by The Arkansas Chamber Singers John Yarrington, Music Director

    Premiered by

    The Arkansas Chamber Singers with the Quapaw String Quartet

    Little Rock, Arkansas, March 19, 1999

    Duration: 30 minutes

    The Golden Harp

    Invocation

    reading: Still thou pourest, and still there is room

    song: I am here to sing thee songs

    Beloved

    reading: My heart wanders wailing with the restless wind

    song: If thou speakest not

    Prayer

    reading: Let my country awake

    song: This is my prayer

    Light, My Light

    reading: Thy joy in me is so full

    song: Light, my light

    (Solo song interspersed: O beloved of my heart)

    Thou Art

    song: Thou art the sky

    My Tears of Sorrow

    song: Mother, I shall weave a chain of pearls...

    reading: On the day when death will knock on thy door

    song: Death, my death, come and whisper to me

    Salutation

    poem: I boasted among men that I had known you

    song: In one salutation to thee, my God

  • Notes

    The Golden Harp is the result of a commission from the Arkansas Chamber Singers for a

    work for chorus and string quartet. The Chamber Singers wished to collaborate with the Quapaw

    Quartet (string quartet from the Arkansas Symphony) in presenting music written especially for

    the two ensembles.

    The poetry of Rabindranath Tagore was suggested to the composer by a member of the

    Arkansas Chamber Singers. And indeed this poetry is well-suited to settings for chorus and

    strings. The poems are gentle and lyrical. The language is readily comprehensible and very

    singable. There are frequent images of floating and soaringimages congenial to the string idiom,

    as the bows float across the strings, or musical lines soar into the high ranges of the instruments.

    The opening song, I Am Here to Sing Thee Songs, contains the phrase When in the

    morning air the golden harp is tuned. This beautiful image of a stringed instrument captured the

    composer's imagination, and led to the title of the work.

    All of the poetry selected for The Golden Harp is found in Tagores collection, Gitanjali,

    published in 1913. The poems span the course of the poets life. And the form of The Golden

    Harp mirrors this pattern. The work is divided into seven sections: triumphant at the beginning

    and close (#1 Invocation and #7 Salutation); more introspective in the interior sections (#2

    Beloved, #3 Prayer, #5 Thou Art and #6 My Tears of Sorrow); and rising to a celebratory middle

    section (#4 Light, My Light).

    The message of The Golden Harp is spiritual, and yet very close to the center of human

    emotions. Tagores poetry extols the beauty of the divine and the beauty of the soul withinthe

    beloved as creator, the beloved as lover. Thou art the sky and thou art the nest as well.

    Rabindranath Tagore

    Born in 1861 to an influential Bengali family, Rabindranath Tagore achieved fame as a

    novelist, playwright, poet, painter, lecturer, politician and composer. In 1913 he was awarded the

    Nobel Prize in literature, the first non-European to achieve such an honor. He died in 1941.

    Gwyneth Walker

    Widely performed throughout the country, the music of American composer Gwyneth

    Walker is beloved by performers and audiences alike for its energy, beauty, reverence, drama,

    and humor. Dr. Gwyneth Walker (b. 1947) is a graduate of Brown University and the Hartt

    School of Music. She holds B.A., M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in Music Composition. A former

    faculty member of the Oberlin College Conservatory, she resigned from academic employment in

    1982 in order to pursue a career as a full-time composer. For nearly 30 years, she lived on a dairy

    farm in Braintree, Vermont. She now divides her time between her childhood hometown of New

    Canaan, Connecticut and the musical communities of Sarasota, Florida and Randolph, Vermont.

    Further information concerning Gwyneth Walker and her works is available at

    www.gwynethwalker.com

  • 4

    To be read before Song #1

    Thou hast made me endless, such is thy pleasure. This frailvessel thou emptiest again and again, and fillest it ever with fresh life.

    This little flute of a reed thou hast carried over hills anddales, and hast breathed through it melodies eternally new.

    At the immortal touch of thy hands my little heart loses itslimits in joy and gives birth to utterance ineffable.

    Thy infinite gifts come to me only on these very smallhands of mine. Ages pass, and still thou pourest, and stillthere is room to fill.

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    I. I Am Here to Sing Thee SongsGwyneth WalkerRabindranath Tagore

    Copyright 1999, 2005 MMB Music, Inc.Copyright returned to Gwyneth Walker in 2015.

    Copyright assigned to E. C. Schirmer Music Company, Inc., in 2015 Copyright 2015 by E. C. Schirmer Music Company, Inc.,

    a division of ECS Publishing. www.ecspublishing.comAll rights reserved.

    Catalog No. 8290

    The Golden Harpfor SATB Chorus and Piano,

    or String Orchestra, or String Quartet

    Piano/Choral Score

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    Clouds heap upon clouds and it darkens. Ah, love, why dostthou let me wait outside at the door all alone?

    In the busy moments of the noontide work I am with thecrowd, but on this dark day it is only for thee that I hope.

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