Samuel, Rhian: Far across the sea (Ymhell dros y môr). Solo Harp
Far Across the Sea’ (Ymhell dros y môr) is the latest instrumental work from a composer noted for her original and sensitive writing for harp and harp ensemble.
In this gentle solo, what sounds like a folksong – and a very fine one – is in fact a newly composed tune, crafted with artful simplicity. But as the music journeys further from its characteristically Welsh opening, teasing out new suggestions from the material, the sense of nostalgia becomes definitely more contemporary than traditional, though the uplifting conclusion restores the tone of bardic rhetoric.
This work would be a rewarding item for players of intermediate standard, and was recommended for the under 18 category of the 2009 Wales International Harp Festival.