Moon Over the Mountain
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I started backpacking with my parents when I was a teenager and now it is a favorite activity that my husband, Dave, and I love to do in the summertime. Being in the solitude of the mountains surrounded by the beauty of the flowers, trees, rivers, creeks, and the snowcapped peaks and canyons is an astoundingly spiritual experience. The tunes in this book are a reflection of the many places we have been over the years. Check out photos and some narrative of our backpacking trips. Lots of photos that depict the names of the tunes in the book. See how many you can find.
Here is an excerpt of one of the pieces in the book.
There are so many unnamed creeks in the mountains that we decided to name one of them Sweeten Creek after a place in North Carolina that we dearly love for its beauty, friendship and fabulous BBQ!
This book was reviewed in the most Summer 2012 Folk Harp Journal by Denise Grupp-Verbon. Here's what she said:
"Sharon Thormahlen continues to create delightful, playable compositions and Moon Over the Mountain is no exception. Each composition includes a little description. Alpenglow for example explains what the Alpenglow is and Misty Meadow tells of the morning dew in the meadow. Chord symbols are included in each of the compositions which are two to four pages each. In addition to the solo, there is a bonus arrangement for Alpenglow for melody instrument in C (flute, for example) and harp. Special features in this collection include dynamics, rolled chords, syncopated rhythms, a touch-dam chord and a gliss or two. Keys include F, C, G, D and a couple of modal tunes. There are no lever changes and no suggested fingerings are indicated. Highly recommended, along with the rest of Sharon's collections!"
I'm enjoying the harp books I purchased from you at the Harp Gathering. Especially the Moon Over the Mountain with little comments at the end of the songs explaining the purpose that inspired its creation. That is such a great way to help invoke the proper feelings for expressing the music. I had felt for a while that my playing was ok but dull and not expressive, and this really helped me to learn how to be expressive when playing. Maris Whetstone
Sharon, I was just again playing “Misty Meadow” from your Moon Over the Mountain book, and I have to tell you how much I love this piece. It is just beautiful and the rhythms are nice and catchy. I think I am becoming addicted to it. What a way to end a day – treating myself by playing this piece! Ellie Holsopple
I am listening to your Live from the Harp Shop CD and "The Night Sky" really grabbed me. I had to get my concertina out of the box and try to play along, fun. Marlene Stein (Idaho)
I am 'over the moon' with excitement today! I discovered "The
Night Sky" and the gorgeous 'clarion'
tones of those first few bars of harmonics. I can get them!! ...and
it sounds as though I'm playing bells. I called my hubby over to listen.
As much as he loves and supports me in my harp adventure, he
even sat down beside me to hear the whole song (being sight-read I
might add), he just isn't 'swinging from the rafters' the way I am
over having discovered my harps harmonics! ;)
Another email from Lorainne:
Check out Earl Newman drawing the artwork for this book:
Here's Earl Newman working on the cover one afternoon in Dec 2011. Using one of his own silk screens, a photo of Mount Jefferson and a picture of wild flowers in the Mt. Jeff Wilderness area he was able to come up with the perfect cover art for this book.
Here are the results of that afternoon. Earl took it home and it went from this.... to this....! I love it. Everytime I look at it I wish I could jump into the picture just like Dick Van Dyke and the kids did in Mary Poppins! This is an actual place so I really can go there. It is facing Mount Jefferson at Russel Lake in Jeff Park. I'm sure we will go there this summer.
The book is $15. Now available with an audio CD accompaniment ($5).
The names of the tunes in the book are:
See Earl Newman working on this book cover
There are no lever changes and the tunes start in F (Alpenglow) and go up to D (The Night Sky). My flute/composition student, Jessica, (whom you may know as J. B. Urey from The Lone Egret book) and I worked on a duet for Alpenglow and decided to include it in this book as a bonus.
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