An Opera based upon
the play of the same title by Fiona Macleod.
About the CD:
Dear Ms. Dobratz,
. . . My acquaintance with her/his poems began around 1960, when I was at boarding school
on the island of Guernsey. The school's music teacher was connected with one (Robert)
Norman Fulton, who was at that time the Director of Music for the West of England branch
of the BBC. Born about the year Sharp died, he achieved some recognition as a composer. He
wrote three pieces for our choir, of which I was a member, to be performed on the radio.
They were written for four part choir under the collective title, "Three Songs of
Fiona McLeod", and the set consisted of three musically well contrasted and balanced
pieces: "The War Song of the Vikings"; "The Valley of Silence"; and
"The Bells of Youth". . .
About ten years ago I wrote to my old school and was surprised and gratified to discover
that there was still a copy of this music available in their library, which was sent to
me. I have maintained my connection with choral singing throughout my life, and have had
plans to showcase the pieces in one of the choirs to which I currently belong.
This is what brought me to look for additional information about the poet and composer. By
chance, the person who led me to your site is a Scot.
I'm not sure why these pieces have stayed with me all these years;
except that there is unquestionnably something both rich and compelling in the poet's
words. I had not found any other examples until I visited your site, and find that I am on
the verge of discovering what a prolific and agreeable writer Sharp was. For this, once
again, I thank you.
>Dr. Chris. Sedergreen. (B.C. Canada).
From: Chris Sedergreen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 12:14 PM
Subject: Re: Fw: Words of appreciation and information
Dear Ms. Dobratz,
. . . I thought you might like to receive the music of the three poems of Fiona
MacLeod that was composed by (Robert) Norman Fulton nearly 50 years ago, and have
attached them to this e-mail in PDF format. I'm not sure what the copyright status is on
the music. Norman Fulton died in 1980. There is a brief mention of him at http://www.grainger.de/music/composers/fulton.html
as well as at freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~fultondata/Biog03.htm
Dr. Chris Sedergreen.
War Song of Vikings *
Valley of Silence *
The Bells of Youth
While preparing to rehearse this music I
found several transcription errors in the editions that I had sent you. They include the
In the War Song of the Vikings in measure #8 of the tenor
line, the last E (1/4 note) is flat, not natural;
In the Valley of Silence, measure 4 of the bass line the
first note is a dotted 1/4 and should be F#, not C. In measure 9 the sopranos' second note
is Bflat; while in the bass line it is G. In measure 12 of the bass line, the second (1/4)
note is a G. In measure 25 of the tenor line, the second note of the triplet is E.
Works by Charles Tomlinson Griffes" ~
273-2 includes Three Poems of Fiona Mcleod, Op. 11, such as
The Lament of Ian,
Also of Note:
The Phantom Pirate
Poem by William Sharp
Score by Claude Warford
sung by Christopher Goldsack