Come Unto These Yellow Sands
from "The Tempest"
for countertenor and piano
Ariel: Come unto these yellow
sands, and then take hands;
curtsied when you have and kissed the wild waves whist,
foot it featly here and there;
and, sweet sprites, the burden bear.
Hark! Hark! Bow-wow!
The watchdogs bark.
I hear the strain of the strutting chanticleer cry
[ 2 pages, circa 1' 00" ]
The magical quality of Ariel in Shakespeare's The Tempest called to
mind settings for a countertenor, to set this character apart from the
remainder of the cast. This conjuring of the "sprites" to do Prospero's
bidding is composed with a repetitive motive reminiscent of various
liturgies' repetitious forms. The other setting for this character which was
completed in Cardiff, Wales, is
The score is available as a free PDF download, though any
major commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without
prior arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this
Come unto these yellow sands