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Music to Treasure
songs to inspire

The Dance,” Tangerine Dream (adapted for piano by Rhaeide; original Legend soundtrack, 1986).

Tangerine Dream's ominous performance evokes Winifred and Court’s crazed waltz in his little room, and the dark, underworld London into which she finds herself plunged. Rhaeide's version is how Winifred would play the melody as she misses Court, or how his half-sister Beryl Stuart would hear it when she dreams of escaping London with Rosie .

Scheherazade: The Young Prince and the Young Princess, Rimsky-Korsakov; Yevgeny Svetlanov, conductor, U.S.S.R. Symphony Orchestra.

Music for Winifred and Court, since he is a fan of the Arabian Nights.

“The Raggle-Taggle Gypsies,” traditional; Asher Quinn (Falling Through Time, 2011).

Court sings this to Winifred. It is the song his father sang to seduce Court's mother, Sadie.

Women of Ireland,” (Mná na hÉireann), Seán Ó Riada and The Chieftains (Barry Lyndon soundtrack, 1975); “Women of Ireland,” (Jeff Beck, guitar; Lizzie Ball, violin; Tal Wilkenfeld, bass; Jonathan Joseph, drums).

“Women of Ireland” is a poem by Ulster poet Peadar Ó Doirnín (1704–1796). The tune captures Court’s longing for Winifred during his journey with the gypsy showman Grynt Spivey. It’s the sort of song that Grynt would play by the fire on his flute and that Court will learn to play on his guitar later. 

“La Ci Darem La Mano,” Mozart, Don Giovanni (1787). Rodney Gilfry, Don Giovanni; Liliana Nikiteanu, Zerlina. Staged at the Opernhaus Zürich, 2001. Conductor, Nikolaus Harnoncourt; director, Jürgen Flimm; set-designer, Erich Wonder.

Opera is a shared passion for Winifred and George Broughton-Caruthers. Whereas Court would spend time in a music hall, they sit in a private box at Covent Garden. When Court discovers opera’s pleasures, the music opens up another world and helps him understand the time he spent with Winifred in a new way.

“The Trout,” Franz Schubert (1829). Translation, Emily Ezust; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone; Gerald Moore, piano.

Several times in Treasure, George sings this Lied, and he and Winifred play it together on the piano. Its words apply to him.

“Enchantment,” Sophia Pavlenko Chandley.

Sophia Pavlenko Chandley is a modern composer. I’m in love with her music and want everyone to hear it. This song perfectly captures the sort of piece Winifred might play while she was alone, dreaming of her time with Court.

“And So It Goes,” Billy Joel (Storm Front, 1989).

Finally, if Where Your Treasure Is was ever made into a film, I’d want a performance of this song to be part of it. I’ve always loved this ballad of longing. Though there’s a story behind its composition, the song might have been written for Court, Beryl Stuart, George Broughton-Caruthers, and many other characters in Treasure.

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