Musica Canis Avem

Severn Suite for Hammered Dulcimer

by Holly Gwin


About Severn Suite for Hammered Dulcimer

Holly Gwin composed Severn Suite for Hammered Dulcimer in 2015. The suite was also published by Musica Canis Avem in 2018 as an arrangement for classical guitar.

Holly wrote Severn Suite to challenge herself on playing the dulcimer. She styled the first movement, Hommage a Beethoven with a brief reference to a theme from Beethoven's Sonatina in G. She alludes to other classical pieces as well as themes from Celtic classics.

The suite's four movements also include a mournful pavane, a lively galliard, and a rodeo-like bourree.

Gwin studied dulcimer with Maggie Sansone and Karen Ashbrook. Holly is a life-long musician and plays piano and recorder as well as hammered dulcimer, and composes and arranges music in her studio near Annapolis, Maryland. She formerly worked as general counsel for the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The score is available from our retail partner, Strings by Mail.