A truly magical book
of 13 new tunes that tell the story of what happens when a dragon
wakes up from 100 years of slumber.
You don't have to slay the dragon when
a hero with a harp can save the day!
A collaboration of mother, Sharon and daughter, Rosiee!
This book is for intermediate beginners to advanced players. The
tunes are in Cm, Dm, C, Am, G, Em and D. There is one lever change.
Three pieces have accidental levers set before playing the piece.
I added some fingerings where I thought they would be helpful.
Cover by Earl
13 tunes - $20.00; audio mp4s: $5. For a pdf of this book, email
me for a paypal invoice or pay $20 to firstname.lastname@example.org through
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How did this
My daughter, Rosiee Thor, a published
author, approached me in September of 2021 with an idea to write
a story about a harpist and a dragon. She asked me if I would like
to write some music for it. Of course, I said “Yes! I would
She gave me a prologue for a book
that she is planning to write someday in the future and that became
the inspiration for this music and the story. For the next year I
was continually visited by my muse writing a total of 13 tunes and
naming them with the phrases from the prologue.
I then took Rosiee’s prologue
and created a new story with a musical program that can be used in
it’s entirety or pared down for a shorter program. Rosiee doesn’t
know if she will ever actually write this book, but I am happy with
the music and story that we created together.
The prologue is included in the book in
it’s complete form along with a long and a short version of
the revised story that I wrote from the prologue to go with the music.
Here is a sample:
"The harpist glides down the pathway into the Valley
of the Dragon where wanderers are
rarely seen. She carries her harp, a single Wing of Alder
and Ash strapped to her back.
The wire strings of her harp are her only defense against the dragon."
Valley of the Dragon
Shamrock, Amber and Ivory
The Dragon Wakes
The Kingdom's Bravest
A Wing of Alder and Ash
Field of the Dead
The Cloudy Sky Has Opened
The Harper's Hands
The Dragon's Tail
The Dragon Sleeps
The Hero's Song
With A Song, Not A Sword
A Glint of Yellow Light
The keys in this book include Cm, Dm, C, Am, G, Em
Digital mp3s can be purchased to accompany this book
for $5. This audio is played by my computer harp setting and is EXACTLY
what is on the page. It is useful as a learning tool.
The book is $20. With audio recordings: $25 EARL
NEWMAN, Cover Artist
What people are saying about Valley of the Dragon:
"I love all your titles and am excited about your new
project. I am especially drawn to part A of The Hero’s
Song. Your creative muse is a genius." Becky Szymanski,
"Can’t wait to share a project with mom!
All your music is so easy on the eyes! Love it!" Julie
"This is a spectacular book. Absolutely love every
song in it. You have done yourself proud!" Beth Stockdell,
Arkansas (Editor of the Folk Harp Journal)
"What fun this is! And people can use it in story telling
for either a short or long presentation -- great idea!" Verlene
Schermer, San Jose, California
"Once again, Sharon Thormahlen has created a book filled to the brim
with marvelous tunes. My two personal favorites are “The Cloudy
Sky Has Opened” and “With A Song, Not A Sword,” but
all of the ‘baker’s dozen’ are terrific - both as
stand alone pieces or as part of the Dragon story. Sharon is highly
skilled at creating full-sounding songs that still remain totally accessible
to the player. The melodies in Valley Of The Dragon are delightful,
the arrangements fall well under the fingers, and the mood of every
tune perfectly suits the role it represents in the story. Definitely
a must-have book!" Jan Dromlewicz, Corvallis, Oregon
"What lovely melodies you’ve created! I really get the
sense of being in a fable about dragons when I listen to the songs.
like to learn several of them." Christine Kidd, Salem,
"I just want you to know that I can't stop
playing the Valley of the Dragons tune.......it is mesmerizing me....
Thanks so much for composing it!" Maria Wilson, Seattle,
"I just wanted to let you know I'm working on the first
song in your book and enjoying the lovely haunting melody. I find the
music really interesting and the story intriguing. I'm learning
to read the bass clef notes so I can play both hands as I do on the
piano. This first piece is just the right level to challenge me but
not be frustrating." Trish Soward, Washington
Go back to the Books,
or go to another book page:
Rose in Winter
Sweepin' the Clouds Away
Thru the Music
the Fingers Fall
Upon a Time
Fever for Two
the Double Rainbow
Around on the Harp
Dreams for Twin Harps
All of these books are available directly from Thormahlen Harps.
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