Pearly Everlasting (lute)

Price: $9.95
by Frank A. Wallace
For baritone and soprano with 10-course lute

Preview: a sample PDF of Pearly Everlasting

Poetry: by Nancy Knowles

Duration: 11 pages; 5:54

Instrumentation: baritone, soprano with 10-course lute; also in mensural notation for keyboard

Difficulty: modest range for any singer and can be played by intermediate lutenists.

Language: English

World premiere: January 30, 2009; Long Beach Guitar Society by Duo LiveOak

Recording: Duo LiveOak, Woman of the Water; 2004 on Gyre

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Copyright ©2001 Frank A. Wallace
Cover photography and design by Nancy Knowles
All rights reserved.

Available in keyboard notation or tablature, this elegy with lyrics by Nancy Knowles, was written shortly after the tragic death of our former partner John Fleagle, beloved singer/instrumentalist of the Boston early music scene. It is a reflection on the play of light and dark, shine and shadow, and contains a favorite tune of John’s by Guillaume de Machaut: Comment q’ua moy.

Gyre Publications
Copyright ©2001 Frank A. Wallace
Cover photography and design by Nancy Knowles
All rights reserved.

I.

Once again the Body
turning ever
the Light
reflects
transluces
becomes
all while the Shadow’s Company
embracing,
the Ancients
joining.

Of Them Roots drink,
Leaves inspiring,
outspiralling
the warm Breath
of Forever.

II.

Here on Earth
choked by Reflection
we strive to make
Shadow

Shining through
wants Shade,
else it’s all
in vain.

Vanities:
lit candles in noonday Sun,
melting fast.

by Nancy Knowles