Lyre Association of North America

Two New Colin Tanser Books Added to Music Sales Inventory

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We are excited to be able to offer two new books of Colin Tanser’s music through our music sales service. The two collections, The Eight-fold Path, Days and Planets and More Songs by Colin Tanser (both published by Upper Esk Music), remind us of why we love Colin Tanser’s music so much. With arrangements for voice and lyre, the pieces are evocative, beautiful, and wonderfully accessible.

Andrew Dyer, of Upper Esk Music, says of The Eight-fold Path, Days and Planets: “In 1985, Colin Tanser encountered Marja Slotemaker’s settings of words by Anke Weihs relating to the Eight-fold Path. This inspired him to write his own music using the same words, with piano accompaniment. Then in 1994, he composed a second set with lyre accompaniment. This volume contains both sets. It also has an incomplete set of reflections on the Planetary Scales and their relationship with the days of the week and the eight-fold path. These reflections include songs from ‘The Eight-fold Path.’”

And, of More Songs by Colin Tanser, Dyer writes: “This collection contains songs not included in previously published volumes. They are very varied in their styles and content, and range from unaccompanied songs and rounds to songs with accompaniments. In common with all Colin Tanser’s songs, they are sensitive and effective.”

If you are new to Colin Tanser’s music, please take a look at our music sales service on the website and check out all of his offerings (as well as those of 40 other amazing composers!). If you are already a fan, we highly recommend adding these two new volumes to your collection!

The School of Uncovering the Voice with Christiaan Boele: 2020 Opportunities

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In July 2019 seventeen students completed the 2nd East Coast School of Uncovering the Voice Foundational Training taught by master teacher Christiaan Boele and another 24 new students attended the annual summer East Coast Singing Retreat.

If we missed you in 2019 and you have been wondering what "The School of Uncovering the Voice" is all about, then save the dates for 2020 and click here to read the article in Waldorf Today "Why your Voice Matters!”

Click here for East Coast Events (Highlights below) and click here for West Coast events.

Winter 2020: East Coast Winter Weekend Singing Retreat, February 21-23, 2020.

Summer 2020: Opening Course of the 3rd East Coast Uncovering the Voice Foundational Training, July 6-10, 2020.

Open to anyone with no long term commitment required. If you have been thinking about this training, Summer 2020 is the time to begin. This may be the last cycle Christiaan offers in the United States.

Please note: Course #3 is starting in February on the West coast and that is the last time new people can join for the training. If any people on the West Coast want to start in February they can make up courses #1 and #2 on the East Coast.

Used Lyres for Sale

Finding the right lyre to own is an important step and we encourage potential buyers to thoroughly research all lyres for sale. We are happy to offer guidance as you consider the options for buying: new or used; large or small; which builder is appropriate for you and the types of lyres they offer. The lyre you purchase should bring you a lifetime of beautiful music!

LANA offers our members the opportunity to buy and sell used lyres through Lyre Notes and on our website. The sales transaction is solely between the buyer and the seller, and we do not take responsibility for the condition of lyres being sold or purchased. All communication must go directly through the seller, and buyers should have all their questions answered before purchasing a used lyre. Any problems with the transaction must be addressed directly with the seller.

Gartner Solo Alto Lyre for Sale:

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  • 1987 Circa

  • Heavenly, deep tones

  • Excellent Condition

  • Case included

  • You pay shipping (Lyre is in Olympia, WA)

  • Asking $3,000.00

I have used this lyre for 20 years in Healing Sessions, Uncovering the Voice Work and Hospice Music bedside work for 6 years as a Certified Music Practitioner, and in Concerts and on Recordings. I have shifted my focus and would like for someone who will use this regularly to be the new owner. It has an exquisite rich tone. In lyre groups it has consistently been known to be the "pure tone" lyre. It evokes heaven and specifically the divine mother energies.

Contact: Jan Jorgensen RN, MA, CMP at jansarajorgensen@gmail.com or (707) 206-5068

To see more photos click here.

For a current list of used lyres for sale make sure to visit our Used Lyres for Sale page under Services on our website.

LANA Membership and Financial Participation

As you know, LANA's vision is to support the development of a movement for musical renewal in all its manifestations – through our publications, conferences, music sales, lyre rentals, and other programs.

For many years, we have asked a modest $40 annual membership fee to cover our operating expenses, which include hosting conferences, providing music and books for sale, purchasing lyres to rent or sell to our members, and gathering and publishing national and international lyre news, along with the usual "behind-the-scenes" financial and administrative work. Specific benefits to members include our annual glossy lyre journal and quarterly e-news along with discounts to conferences, financial aid for those unable to afford our conferences, the opportunity to rent or purchase lyres, and music sales discounts.

As our programs continue to grow, so do our expenses, and to cover all the costs entailed in the running of our association, we rely on member support. We are committed to keeping our Regular Membership dues at $40 annually; however, we are finding that the additional $10 for Supporting Membership does not allow us to cover all of our current expenditures. Therefore, going forward, the Board of LANA is recommending an increase to an additional $25 for our Supporting Membership category, which would mean an annual contribution of $65 instead of $50. We warmly invite you to consider making this increased tax-deductible contribution as a Supporting Member of the Lyre Association of North America.

Of course, we deeply appreciate the support of each one of our members, regardless of which membership category anyone chooses!

Cheryl Martine, Fair Oaks, CA
LANA Membership Secretary

cmartine404@gmail.com
www.LyreAssociation.org
Address: LANA, 2237 Kimberton Rd, Phoenixville, PA 19460


Book Review: A Circle of Songs and Star Wished Night

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A Circle of Songs and Star Wished Night by Colin Tanser

Reviewed by John Clark, Ireland

(Special note: These books have been marked down
to half price in our online music sales store!)

Recently I was asked to do some singing and instrumental work with a young man living in a town near me, and when faced with the challenge to find the right thing to start with, I delved into my enormous collection of music and songs to find something that would engage him rather than challenge him to set us off on our musical journey together.

I found myself once more going through my collection of Colin Tanser’s books STAR WISHED NIGHT and A CIRCLE OF SONGS. I had Colin’s ring-bound editions produced by Colin himself with his beautiful clear musical calligraphy. Both of these books are replete with charming, useful, beautiful, catchy, serious, humorous, wonderful songs, and the problem of what to do soon became the problem of what not to do.

I was very pleased to find some old favourites as well as a few that I had not used before and which seemed less familiar to me.

A CIRCLE OF SONGS goes through the whole year. January Beats The Drum, February Wet Or Fine, March Canon, April Canon, April Fool, are such great songs for old and young, as is May Song and all the lovely other ones I haven’t done yet, right up to December.

STAR WISHED NIGHT, is Colin's collection of songs with a Day/Evening/Night orientation in a seasonal flavour. In addition to the useful Happy Birthday, there is the very lovely Venus In Spring, Bread Is A Lovely Thing To Eat, The Piece Of Christ, and the chirpy Threefold Dishwashing Song, not to mention the beautiful Silent Stones, which is Colin’s setting of Christian Morgenstern’s The Washing of the Feet.

My Waldorf teacher friends love these two collections. They are for everyone! If you don’t have either of them yet, what are you waiting for? Multiple copies would be a good idea!

Learning to Play the Children's Lyre in China

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By Veronika Roemer, Quakertown, PA

"The soul doesn't have to be nourished by anything but heavenly music - the soul doesn't need anything else!"

This is a quote from a survivor of the Theresienstadt ghetto, where the prisoners learned and performed, among other things, the Verdi Requiem. The quote is from the documentary movie "Defiant Requiem." This quote spoke to me deeply, as it reminded me of my last visit to China in January 2019.

During this trip, I gave a course to adults in how to play the children's lyre. We met daily for 11 two-hour sessions over six days. Each participant, 12 ladies, had her own lyre, most of which were Chinese models. I used the newly published book "How to play the Children's Lyre by Gerhard Beilharz," but I also added my own improvisation and group games.

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I have found in the past that the Chinese have a real talent for the lyre, and so it was with this group. My students learned the basic lyre playing technique very fast. We practiced various group games with movement, passing tones, giving and receiving, and listening to intervals. We learned a few songs from the book and how to play them on the lyre as well as singing and playing them at the same time. By the end of the week, the students were able to improvise an accompaniment to a song and to make up little songs to small Chinese poems. I was very impressed by how far we got in such a short time.

The students' reaction to our musical process was even more impressive. I have experienced before how deeply the Chinese people respond to music that is brought to them in a meaningful and true way. They adored their little lyres, clearly not minding at all that they had only seven strings and a rather quiet sound. They were delighted to discover how difficult it was for them to receive the tones and how much easier it was to give them, and they launched into a lively discussion about this. They practiced "receiving" until they got it! One woman in particular created very beautiful melodies while we were improvising. I mentioned this to her and encouraged her to continue and eventually write down her songs. She was deeply touched by my observation and thanked me repeatedly.

Each session was filled with hard work, humor, and good will. It was a delight for me to work with them, and of course I learned at least as much as they did.

After the course, I was invited by three women from the course to stay in Beijing for a couple of days. Among other outings, I was taken to a tea house run by a beautiful and graceful lady. At the end of the visit, one of the women suggested that we sing a few songs for the lady as a thank you. There were three of us from the course and one small girl. But, instead of listening, the hostess wanted to sing along! So we sang a few of the simple rounds I had taught during the course. The hostess and one of her employees, who wanted to sing as well, learned the songs very quickly. They were both absolutely radiant and so happy to sing with us, and they thanked me warmly for the opportunity to join us. I had to promise to come again the next time I'm in Beijing and sing some more songs with them. I definitely will!

Enriching Summer Events to Consider

Now is the time to start planning for the summer! Whether you are interested in voice, lyre, music education, or all of the above, there is something for everyone and every level. Explore these national and international retreats, conferences, symposiums and academies on our events page (click here to go to Events). Remember to check this page regularly for updates!

July 1 – July 5: LANA’s Movement For Musical Renewal Conference, Kimberton, Pennsylvania

July 5 - July 7: The School of Uncovering the Voice, 2nd East Coast Singing Retreat with Christiaan Boele, Spring Valley, New York

July 7 - July 12: The Journey of Waldorf Music Education, The 19th Annual Summer Music Conference sponsored by the Association for Waldorf Music Education, Costa Mesa, CA

July 14 - July 21: International Summer Lyre Academy 2019, with Christian Giersch and Martin Tobiassen, Würzburg, Germany

August 10 - August 17: The 3rd International Lyre Symposium, with Jan Braunstein and guest teachers, Czech Republic

Letter from a Hospice Volunteer

(Anonymous)

I have been volunteering for six months in a hospice environment. A friend of mine recently loaned me a pentatonic children’s lyre which has seven strings and is quite small. When I go from one retirement home to another, I often have my hands full and cannot carry a larger instrument. In addition, I am not a musician at all, so this simple instrument is not intimidating. When I sit on my own couch and play the seven strings of the children’s lyre in various combinations, I experience a change coming over the room. My experience is that the room becomes ‘’living” in a new way, filled with plant-like forms or forms in movement. Normally our speech and most sound creates a mineral-like effect on the air. However, there are new possibilities for both speech and music when either is directed toward healing others through one of the therapeutic arts.

On one recent occasion, I entered a room where a patient was in great pain, moaning and panting. The nurse at the bedside was flustered and struggling to administer some basic care that needed to be done, but the patient was afraid to be touched. I asked if I could try to play the lyre for the patient. The nurse responded, “Frankly, I am willing to try anything”. I sat right on the end of the patient’s bed where she could see me and started to play a few tones. She stopped moaning and looked at me and the lyre. The nurse waited a few minutes herself and then proceeded to clean the patient's mouth and eyes and administer other basic care. The patient was completely cooperative and silent. The nurse did a few other things and then said to me, “This is amazing! Can you stay for a few more minutes while I locate her doctor?” I agreed. I played for another 15 minutes, and the patient went into a deep sleep. A nurse came in again and said that they had decided not to disturb her and wanted her to sleep.

On another occasion, I entered a large room where four elderly ladies were sleeping, each in a hospital bed with partial curtain drapes between them. This is the cheapest kind of room in the facility, but on this day, the room was glorious. Each woman had some kind of colorful, knitted blanket at the end of her bed. The sun was pouring into the room, the sky outside the window was crystal blue, and the snow was sparkling white. I noticed several large and beautiful pine trees standing like guardians just beyond the window. I sat in a chair and played the children’s lyre while they slept. The sun warmed my back, and the breathing of the four women filled the room, along with the living sounds of the lyre. There was no death to be felt anywhere in this space at that moment. When I arose to leave, the woman in the bed closest to my chair opened her eyes, smiled, and waved gently to me as I gathered my belongings. I smiled and nodded back, my hands and my heart full of appreciation for these beautiful and brave souls gathered together at the end of their lives in this sunny room in southern New Hampshire.

Book Review: Songs of the Hebrides, Part I and Part II

Songs of the Hebrides, Part I and Part II, with lyre accompaniments by Beatrijs Gradenwitz

Reviewed by Sheila Johns, Quito, Ecuador

In the beginning of the 19th century, the folksongs of the Hebrides were collected and recorded by Marjory Kennedy Fraser and Kenneth Macleod. Piano accompaniments for the songs were composed by Marjory Kennedy. Until recently, three volumes of these unique and hauntingly beautiful songs have been available for purchase, although they are now only available through libraries or in private collections.

Beatrijs Gradenwitz has done an amazing deed to draw from these hard to find volumes and create lyre accompaniments from the original piano accompaniment scores. The accompaniments are not difficult and could be mastered by any intermediate player. Of necessity, the accompaniments span a wide tonal range, so certain instruments may be required to tune the lowest string down in some places, but there are soprano or alto range indications before each song. The simple melodies could be played by any melody instrument, such as lyre, flute, or even violin. For this reason, no words appear beneath the notation, however, a separate supplement for singers is included in both volumes with the full melodies and all of the words in both English and in the original Gaelic! The melodies to be sung differ occasionally a bit from the instrumental versions because of the rhythm of the words, but the accompaniments fit either the instrumental or the vocal melody line.

In Part One, we find eight selected songs from the original Volume I, and in Part Two, she offers us eight more selections, this time from the original Volume 2.

These Hebridean songs are a real treasure, and to have them available to play both melody and well arranged lyre accompaniments based on Marjory Kennedy’s classic piano accompaniments is a real gift to lyrists worldwide. If you are not familiar with songs from the Hebrides, you are in for a real treat with these two excellent collections of lyre arrangements suitable for early stage to advanced level players or singers!

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Book Review: Irish Traditional Slow Airs


Reviewed by John Billing

Slow Airs - For solo or ensemble playing on melodic and accompanying instruments, selected and arranged with chord indications and embellishments - by J. S. Clark. (Volumes 1 and 2 published in 2018 - Volume 3 pending.)

The "Slow Air" has it's roots in the unaccompanied singing of songs in the Gaelic language. A visitor to Gaelic speaking parts of Ireland may still today encounter something of this in an evening at a local pub: in between the whirling of jigs and reels played by a multitude of instruments there may come a quiet moment when some individual will begin the slow heartfelt singing of such a "Slow Air," and time stands still and you dare not break the spell by speaking - or even sipping your pint ... until the reels and jigs start up again.

John Clark's recent publications "Irish Traditional Slow Airs" present fifty-nine such melodies in a very accessible and practical printed form. (A further thirty-one melodies are promised with Volume 3.) Each melody is printed three times as follows:

  1. The melody on it's own

  2. The embellished melody with chord symbols above

  3. The unembellished melody with chord symbols above and the chords notated underneath - on the same stave to complete a triad with the melody note.

This arrangement allows the player to easily concentrate on the melody itself, the ornamentation, the chord symbols, the notated triads - all separately, or in any combination. Importantly, it also facilitates the playing together of players with mixed abilities (i.e. beginners through advanced.)

I've had the good fortune to test many of these tunes with lyre ensembles in Australia, China and Ireland and am pleased to confirm: they are great! For groups with different ability and experience levels they are perfect, there really is something for everyone. Well done, Mr. Clark!

As for the melodies themselves: they are a veritable treasure trove. Most of the fifty nine melodies (ninety when Volume 3 appears) are freely accessible to anyone who searches but the searching is actually quite a lot of work and John, with some assistance, has done that work.

As well as enjoying the collection as described, in ensemble playing, I am finding a lot of inspiration personally in getting to know these tunes and have begun taking some of them as a starting point for my own arrangements - thanks a million, John!

To summarize: Irish Traditional Slow Airs is a gift to the lyre world!

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Irish Traditional Slow Airs

Selected and arranged by J.S. Clark

Spring 2019 Lyre Notes - Call for contributions

Help us keep our lyre community connected!
We’re gathering lyre stories…

...and would love to include a contribution from you for our Spring 2019 edition of Lyre Notes! We welcome news, stories, photos, and announcements of lyre happenings in your region. Our copy deadline is March 15th. We look forward to hearing from you!!

Please send your contributions to wendypolich@hotmail.com.

If you are curious about...

Thank you and happy lyre playing!

Wendy Polich, Lyre Notes Editor
Lyre Association of North America

wendypolich@hotmail.com
www.lyreassociation.org

Guide to Playing the Pentatonic Children's Lyre

This book, a guide for playing the 7-string pentatonic children’s lyre, originally published in German by Mechthild Laier and Gerhard Beilharz, has been newly translated by Veronika Roemer and edited by Sheila Johns.

“This booklet is meant for parents and teachers who wish to sing and play music for or with preschool children. In this context, the 7-string pentatonic children’s lyre has proven to be an easily accessible musical instrument. In these pages, Laier and Beilharz introduce a playing technique step-by-step. Those who cannot read music will learn to do so at the same time. They give suitable examples of songs, ideas for improvisations, and discuss situations where the pentatonic children’s lyre is of particular help, i.e., at bedtime, or to accompany a story with music. In the addendum, you will find practical tips for tuning and putting on new strings as well as suggestions for further development, reference material, and contacts.”

Angel Wing Lyre Miracle

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By Elisabeth Swisher, Chicago, IL

In October 2018, I taught morning circle movement and music (lyres included) to the Module 2 students of the WECC (Waldorf Early Childhood China) training at a mountain resort near Xi’an, in the north of China. One day, in the second week, we all met in our luncheon room at the hotel, and Guoqi, our training coordinator, brought in two guests, both musicians, who came from the province of Zhuhai in the south of China, where they had just attended a music workshop with LANA president Sheila Johns, sponsored by local lyrist Vicky (Zhiying) Deng.

Sheila Johns and Vicky Deng with Angel Wing children’s lyres

Sheila Johns and Vicky Deng with Angel Wing children’s lyres

Both of the student musicians live in Xi’an, and for some reason, Vicky apparently knew that I was in Xi’an and asked them to bring one of her Angel Wing children’s lyres to me as a gift from her. So the man gave me this black case and said “it is a gift….” I had no idea what was in the case, and when I opened it and found a lovely letter from Vicky along with one of her beautiful Angel Wing lyres, I was overwhelmed by such an amazing surprise and generous gift from her. In my afternoon class, I showed and played my new lyre for the students right away, and they immediately wanted to know where they might purchase one. It took me awhile to find her phone number and email address to thank her and to ask where the students could order one of her lyres.

So why did she give me this lyre right out of the blue? The year before, I was in Zhuhai, mentoring kindergarten teachers (as well as doing graduation assessments) and giving some musical advice to grade school teachers, including the importance of practicing their lyres. Vicky was there to help. One day, she asked me if I could have a look at a new lyre that she had designed and built with other people whom I had not met. When I saw this lyre, I was astonished at how beautiful it was sculpted and finished and how wonderful it sounded - better than any model I had heard before! Even the Choroi kinderharp, which I had esteemed the highest quality among all the ones I had seen and heard, did not sound as beautiful as this to my ear. I shared these impressions with Vicky, emphasizing how happy it made me to see such a high quality lyre created in China, where I had seen so many cheap but poor copies of the well-known Swedish and German kinderharps. This lyre not only looks beautiful and sounds exceptionally good, but it is also easy to tune and keeps the tuning pretty well, too.

Vicky Deng playing the Angel Wing lyre

Vicky Deng playing the Angel Wing lyre

Vicky told me that the lyre was given to me as a response to the praise I gave to this new creation, which helped her to be confident about her work and research. It made me very happy and deeply grateful for this experience: the surprise as well as the instrument itself, which was created with such love and care.

Usually on my trips to China, I do not take my own lyre with me in order to save weight and volume in my luggage, but now, I have to, because there is not yet another such Angel Wing lyre available for my teaching, and I do not wish to play any other children’s lyre anymore. I wish Vicky and the group she is working with, musical and financial success with the creation of these new and beautiful instruments.

Uncovering The Voice with Christiaan Boele in Chestnut Ridge, NY, Feb and July 2019

Every human being has a singing voice. Our work is to unveil, take away the
hindrances and free the voice.- Valborg Werbeck-Svardstrom

A Three-Day Singing Workshop with Christiaan Boele

February 25 – 27, 2019, School of Eurythmy, 289 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY

After four consecutive years of enthusiastic teaching and joyful singing, Christiaan Boele returns to bring “The School of Uncovering the Voice” back to our community for a three-day workshop. Out of the artistic impulse developed by Mrs. Valborg Werbeck-Svärdström under the guidance of Rudolf Steiner, Christiaan offers a refreshing, motivating and inspiring approach for the novice and professional alike. All are welcome who long to sing, even those who feel they cannot! No special talent required.

Two sessions each day: Session One: 9:35-10:45am; Session Two: 11:15am-12:25pm; $125 in advance, $150 at the door. For information contact Eurythmy Spring Valley: 845-352-5020, x113, info@eurythmy.org.

2nd East Coast Singing Retreat led by Christiaan Boele

July 5 - 7, 2019 at The Threefold Educational Center, 260 Hungry Hollow Road Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977

For anyone interested in singing in a holistic, spirit-filled and heart-opening way! Discover the innate potential of your voice. Welcome singers of all levels, musicians, teachers, and any person yearning to sing with creative renewal. No special talent or musical ability required.

Friday 6:30pm-8:30pm; Saturday 9:00am-6:30pm; Sunday 9:00am-12:30pm; Tuition $225. For more information or to register contact Shannon Boyce at 646-932-6062 or shannonaliciaboyce@gmail.com.

Christiaan Boele trained at conservatories in the Netherlands and Germany and is the leading authority in the Werbeck method. He has devoted his life to The School of Uncovering the Voice, performing, conducting and teaching courses around the globe.

Save the Date!

Movement For Musical Renewal Conference: Monday, July 1 – Friday, July 5, 2019, Camphill Village, Kimberton, Pennsylvania

Movement – Sound – Music

Working with New Instruments in pedagogy and therapy with both children and adults, toward developing a new future-bearing listening

We will work with metal instruments (gongs, rods, cymbals, and others), stringed instruments (lyres, including pentatonic and Bordun lyres, psalteries, chrottas), wind instruments (C-flutes, pentatonic flutes, ocarinas), and percussion instruments (drums, rattles, etc.). Our work will be based on the books by Reinhild Brass (Hörwege entdeckenI) and Gerhard Beilharz (Musik in Pädagogik und Therapie), focusing on new methods in music pedagogy and therapy, as is possible with these new instruments. No previous musical experience necessary.

This conference will be led by Veronika Roemer, professional violist, pianist, and Seminar Music Teacher at The Camphill School, Glenmoore, PA. Veronika also teaches musical renewal in China, Hungary, and North America.

Lyre Association of North America: lyrists@gmail.com / 610-608-9281

Christmas Greetings from MetalGeorg in Brazil

Dear friends of Sound Instruments,

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Since August we live and work in Campinas / Brazil! Our blacksmith's workshop has been set up since September and some instruments have already been made for Brazil, Germany, and other countries. We have also developed a new instrument: a diatonic “Glockenspiel” (metallophone) C5–C6 and pentatonic D5–E6. The diatonic can be seen and heard in this video with a happy Christmas carol. Anyone interested in our instruments can contact us via e-mail (metal.georg@gmail.com) or telephone / WhatsApp (+55-19-997969503) or visit the website www.metalgeorg.com for details.

We wish you all a peaceful and blessed Christmas,
Daniela and Georg Ehrenwinkler
Metal Georg / AurumSom
Daniela Ozi-Ehrenwinkler, Cantoterapia-Musicoterapia-Terapiatonal
www.metalgeorg.com / 0055 19 99796950

Book Review

Telemann en tijdgenoten (“Telemann and contempories”), music for solo lyre; arranged by Petra Rosenberg

This is a lovely collection of Baroque music by French, German, and Italian composers, many of them probably new discoveries for most lyre players. Some of the pieces are edited in two separate keys for both soprano and alto lyre. Although the arrangements are made for a solo player, many of the pieces can be played by two players (stems up and down). The difficulty level is rather high when played solo. However, this should not be seen as a deterrent, as the wide variety of pieces offers wonderful opportunities for expanding and refining one's technical skills, such as finger dexterity, damping, playing separate voices at the same time, and interpretation. Petra Rosenberg isn't giving any dynamics, tempo indications, articulation or fingerings - a wide field for discoveries for each player!

Reviewed by Veronika Roemer

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From the Book - Telemann en tijdgenoten, Muziek voor lier solo

Kinderharps play Raucous Rooster at the Detroit Waldorf School Winter Faire

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By Nancy Carpenter, Detroit, Michigan

The Detroit Waldorf School had its first Winter Faire in about 10 years on December 1st. Parents of one of my students were so taken with one of our Kinderharp songs that they made a Rooster Marionette and suggested that we present it at the Faire. This is a song taken from Mary Lynn Channer’s alphabet song book, Xavier Sings of his Alphabet Friends, for the letter R called "Raucous Rooster!" It's a particular favorite of all of the children; even the older students remember it from 1st grade. These 2nd graders were so happy to share this song with a very enthusiastic audience

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