|1. Robinton's First
Written by a very young Robinton, giving the Master Harpers a hint
as to his talent (except for the oblivious Petiron).
|A simple & sweet, yet
haunting melody, and variations around it. I can picture young
Robie experimenting with the theme on his pipes.
|2. Duty Song
The classic old Teaching Ballad
|Wonderful voices bring
this song to life, alternating solos and harmonies, men and women.
Makes you want to jump up and pledge support for the Weyrs (and send
|3. The Masterharper's
A Gather piece written by Robinton for all the Masters who
|Upbeat and festive. I can
picture folk dancers moving in time to the beat.
|4. Golden Egg of
Faranth I, II, & III
Another classic ballad, split into it's three verses and spread
throughout the cd.
|Somber & respectful
|5. The Plains of
Inspired by a visit to Telgar Hold
|Lovely weaving of themes
from pipes to harp to guitar. I can picture Domick's quartet
playing it together.
|6. Fighting Thread
Robinton modified a verse of the Duty Song to make this round for
children and untrained musicians to sing for pleasure.
|Beautiful. For some
reason I picture a troupe of wandering singers performing this like
a group of Christmas Carolers.
|7. Dragon Lady
A lively Gather dancing song
|A very lively tune--great
tribute to Anne. Maybe this tune would be used for one of those
toss dances that left all but Moreta and Alessan on the floor.
|8. The Question Song
/ Star Stone
The song that spurred Lessa's fantastic jump between times,
followed by an instrumental piece of Robinton's.
|Not as haunting or
discordant a tune as I expected, but grows on you quickly.
|9. Robinton's Dream
Inspired by his night alone in Fort Weyr
|Definitely expresses the
mystery and emptiness of the long abandoned Weyr.
A classic melody, but its medieval England origins have been long
|A beautiful and complex
blending of guitar, dulcimer, and various percussion; another song
for folk dancing.
|12. Red Star Passes
The classic Teaching Ballad from 2nd Pass Pern when the Harper Hall
|With an eerie tune, this
tune can inspire a deep sense foreboding, as the Pernese must feel
when the Red Star begins to appear.
|13. Fire Lizard
Not Menolly's song, but an older tine of Robinton's written when he
heard the legends
|Simple, hesitant, & almost
sad tune, that builds slowly to cheerfulness. It captures a
transition from disbelief to searching to viewing fire-lizards.
The most beautiful piece ever written by Petiron, expressing his
sadness from being separated from Merelan while she and Robie were
at Benden Hold.
|Very melancholic; you can
picture a wistful and lonely Petiron waiting for his beloved wife to
return home to him.
|16. Lessa's Ride
The tribute to Lessa's great jump, arranged quite similar to the
Question Song, to which it is the answer.
|I had figured out that
some of the verses in Dragonflight were about Lessa's Ride only a
few weeks before hearing this! Retells the story, and nicely
expresses the uncertainty and courage of Lessa's jump through the
|17. Robinton's Whistle
Polished for Gather use, with additional instrument parts.
|Definitely a matured
version; makes me picture snake charmers in action.
|18. March of the Wings
The classic battle theme of the dragonriders
|Very stirring &
patriotic, but not long enough! I picture it with more verses and
a chorus, and had arranged my own version with verses from
Dragonflight. Unfortunately I was informed that publishing my
arrangement on the web was a copyright violation (though fine for my
private enjoyment). You can still create your own longer version,
by looking through DF for verses with the same cadence.