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Songs from Euterpe
Sixteen Solos for Meditation, Ritual, or Sacred Dance
composed by Dorothy van
7/14/2014: The sheet music for Songs from Euterpe is available as a digital download from Sheet Music Plus. You can purchase the anthology as a whole, or by section (Muse Dance for the belly dance pieces or Island Gaia for the Hawaii-inspired pieces). Check out Dorothy's digital offerings.
Edward Robert Hughes: Twilight Fantasies (1911)
What better way to celebrate my ninth collection of music than to write a song for each of the nine muses? This volume is named in honor of Euterpe, the Muse of Lyric Poetry, usually seen carrying a flute.
An interlude entitled Pegasus leads to the second half of the book. Island Gaia offers six songs with a meditative quality inspired by a trip to the Big Island of Hawaii.
Belly dancers: Four of the Muses' songs (Terpsichore, Polyhymnia, Thalia, and Melpomene) can be adapted for use in belly dance by playing with a drummer and/or finger cymbals. These pieces can be played on flute, alto recorder, violin, or any C instrument. Three tunes incorporate Middle Eastern modes.
Songs from Euterpe is now available. This music is intended for flute or recorder. The adaptable recorder player will between switch soprano, alto, and tenor instruments according to preference and the range of the piece. The samples below are recorded with soprano and alto recorders. The four dance numbers also work well on violin, as they are performed below.
Great News! The sheet music for Songs from Euterpe is now available as a digital download from Sheet Music Plus. You can purchase the anthology as a whole, or by section (Muse Dance for the belly dance pieces or Island Gaia for the Hawaii-inspired pieces). Check out Dorothy's digital offerings.
Preview Songs from Euterpe
Terpsichore (4/4 and 9/8 dance)
Composed and performed Dorothy Barth
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