Yellow House Salon #4 Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair

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Ruby, my love!

 

 

Blink and you’ll miss it!  Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair is the penultimate piece in the set of 5 American Ballads by Roy Harris.

While working on this piece,  my daughter Ruby, comes to mind. She’s one of my greatest loves and happens to have black hair. Life with a teenager provides moments of awe, delight, surprise, discord, and challenge. In fact, life with Ruby is much like this lovely folk tune mixed with dissonant harmonies, multiple time signatures, and pedal markings, requiring the performer to juggle many tasks in an artistic manner.

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Score for Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair with pedal markings.

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