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 "Those be rubies..."
 Year 2013
 Length 1:00
 Instrumentation  Harp Ensemble
This piece is for an ensemble of harps, in two parts, preferably at least three players per part. There is a good deal of hocketing between parts to allow for extreme chromaticism. Even allowing for that, the number of pedal changes is relatively high and they come quickly. Also, some of the chords are not playable by one hand and the expectation is that the ensemble will subdivide for their own convenience.

This computer realization splits Harp 1 and Harp 2 parts between left and right in the stereo field. The knocking sound at the beginning and end is supposed to be rapping on the soundbox of the harp with the knuckles for all players. Then a solo for one player of the Harp 1 group for four measures, joined by the rest of Harp 1 and then Harp 2 players as well.

The name is a fragment of a line from "A Midsummer Night's Dream", Act II, Scene 1
...Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire,
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon's sphere;
And I serve the fairy queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green.
The cowslips tall her pensioners be:
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours,
In those freckles live their savours:
I must go seek some dewdrops here
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear...
"Those be rubies..."

"Those be rubies..." [Score]
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