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Five Snowflakes from Sweden : for solo harp

by Stuart Greenbaum (2020)

Work Overview

This set of five miniatures was written with emerging harpists in mind at the invitation of Alice Giles. They follow a journey from landing at Arlanda Airport, Sweden, taking the Arlanda Express into Stockholm Central; the local Pendletåg rail to the coast at Nynäshämn; then a ferry across the Baltic Sea to the island of Gotland, arriving at the port of Visby, my arrival destination. Along the way, the end of the Swedish winter provided different manifestations of snow - on the ground and drifting through the air. The musical ideas I sketched along the way were then formally composed while in residence at the Visby International Centre for Composers in March 2020.

Work Details

Year: 2020

Instrumentation: Harp.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Easy — Mostly junior - but No.1 (of 5) a little harder.

Contents note: I. Arlanda Express: fields of snow, seen through the window -- II. Stockholm Central: snow falling outside the station -- III. Nynäshämn: snowdrift on the platform -- IV: The Baltic Sea: dissolving in the mist -- V: Visby: on the waterfront.

Commission note: Written at the invitation of Alice Giles. Composed while in residence at the Visby International Centre for Composers, Sweden


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