A Portrait of folk music within a recital for concert harp

Programme for lunchtime 11th October 2013

RWCMD  Dora Stoutzker Hall 1.15pm

Sioned Williams

As part of ‘Sioned’s Spiralling 60th

‘A portrait of folk music ’ within a recital for concert harp


This recital portrays the use made of folk music within original compositions for harp from four centuries. Based on folk music from Wales, England, Hungary, Switzerland, The Basque Country, and Persia, in some pieces, the folk melody is obvious and in others there is a more sublime use of various elements of an original tune- a rhythmic pattern or a harmonic/modal structure, or even a description in music of a story from the words of a folk song. From tonal 18th century elegance through expressive and atmospheric, to contemporary brilliance, the recital includes a World premiere, ‘Welsh Harp’ by Michael Finnissy, and two Welsh premieres- ‘Maisry’ by the highly acclaimed composer Michael Stimpson and Saakene Ravaan’ by the Iranian composer, Amir Sadeghi Konjani.



Tre Pezzetti                                                                     Ferenc Farkas (1905-2000)  Hungary

Maestoso- poco rubato;   Piu mosso;  Allegro moderato


Welsh Harp                                                                     Michael Finnissy (b. 1946)  ** Wales

Variations on a Swiss Air  WoO.64                 Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Switzerland


Maisry                                                                                   Michael Stimpson (b. 1948) * England

Canciones para arpa del folk-lore Vasco           Jesus Guridi (1886-1961) The Basque Country


Nere maitea; Aritz adarean;  Ator, ator mutil; Agura zarkilun; Zorabiatua naiz; Garizuma luzerik

Saakene Ravaan (Stillness Afloat)                                 Amir Sadeghi Konjani (b. 1983) *  Persia



Sioned’s performances have been described as

‘a special, generous and illuminating experience for the audience’