the wild swans at coole, op. 55
This cycle for high voice and harp outlines the periods of Yeats' life in love, politics, old age, 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. The climax of the cycle are the three songs about aging before Yeats' return to the Isle of Innesfree.
Recording: Melissa Baber, soprano; Elaine Humphreys Cook, harp