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Black Hounds of Cŵn Annwn for Harp Ensemble (E minor version)-Harp 5 part

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By Laura Olson

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Small Ensemble Harp - Level 1 - Digital Download
Composed by Laura Olson. Celtic, Children, Halloween, New Age, World. Score and parts. 7 pages. Blue Steer Studios #6206589. Published by Blue Steer Studios (A0.1026510).

Item Number: A0.1026510

Perform this original work of Celtic Irish setting from her CD (Gypsy Road,2012) scored for harp ensemble of intermediate to advanced players. Scored in E minor with no lever changes it features a creative slip-jig with lush and effective harmonies. A rare opportunity to showcase programmatic skills for the harp ensemble.   The dark and mysterious musical message will touch the hearts of all who hear it.

About the Composer

            Laura Olson (ASCAP) is a music educator with almost 30 years of experience specializing in stringed instruments for Clovis Unified School District in central California. She also holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education as well as a Masters of Arts degree in Irish Traditional Music Performance (fiddle and harp) and is well known in the community for her love of ethnic music and instruments.

              Her experience as a symphonic musician, ethnic musician, and Film/TV composer led her to combining the three styles of music into her own compositions and arrangements. She is the owner of her recording label Blue Steer Studios(ASCAP) which allows her to combine her success with knowledge of both the business and publishing aspects of music industry and she brings that into the classroom for her students.  

              Mossflower Country (2010), Border Guardians of Ackernon (2011), Gypsy Road (2012) released with proceeds going to Fresno Bully Rescue and Animal Compassion Team.), Moon Trees and Sun Seas (2015) and her latest score A Grimm-ly Lit Forest (2019),  for are composed with large scale orchestrations and choir in the scope of a big-budget feature film.  Her current projects include scoring Aqua Sports Expeditions, a soon to be released TV series featuring travel/underwater scuba diving around the world, and her latest upcoming album Cloud Dancing in Forest, estimated to be finished in late 2021.

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About the Composition

I wrote this when I was very angry at the world. Someday I might meet a black hound on a dark night... and we’ll both go hunting together.

Black Dogs, Black Hounds, The Hounds of Hell, Dogs of Hell, Gabriel Hounds, Yell Hounds, Barghest, Black Dog of the Hanging Hills, Gurt Dog or the Hounds of Herne the Hunter… by whatever name, they are a common feature in the folklore of the British Isles. The Black Hounds of Cŵn Annwn are the spectral hounds of Annwn, the otherworld of Welsh myth.  Early Christians came to dub these mythical creatures as "The Hounds of Hell" or "Dogs of Hell" and erroneously theorized they were therefore owned by Satan. However, the Annwn of medieval Welsh tradition is an otherworldly paradise and not a hell or abode of dead souls. The Black Hounds are a nocturnal apparition, and their appearance was regarded as a portent of death. They are supposed to hunt on specific nights in the autumn and winter when it is believed that "the howling of these huge dogs foretold death to anyone who heard them".

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