the wild swans at coole, op. 55
This cycle for high voice and harp outlines the periods of Yeats' life in love, politics, aging, and his affinity for Nature. Though the individual songs are not too difficult for either voice or harp, there is some endurance required to musically sustain ten emotional songs back-to-back. Three songs about aging are the cycle's climax, occurring before Yeats' return to the Isle of Innesfree.
Recording: Melissa Baber, soprano; Elaine Humphreys Cook, harp