• 02:21 Lyrics
    Over the Sea to Skye

    All lyrics to

    Robert Louis Stevenson♣UNDERWOODS♣Rita Leonard

    will appear in 2017 on this site under the album title

    when it is available to the public.

The Heart of Ballantrae

by Rita Leonard

Released 2014
RL*RLS Original Editions
Released 2014
RL*RLS Original Editions
on UNDERWOODS♣2017-future purchase
Text & music by RL, President Emerita of The Stevenson Society of America; a ballad written in Saranac Lake inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson, completed in Waikiki; RL on vocals, guitar & flute.
  • 07:13 Lyrics
    The Heart of Ballantrae

    All lyrics to

    Robert Louis Stevenson♣UNDERWOODS♣Rita Leonard

    will appear in 2017 on this site under the album title

    when it is available to the public.

NOTES
This is the ballad-mate for Stevenson's 'Winter's Tale' know as The Master of Ballantrae; RL highlights the plight of the female character; RLS was criticized as not giving his women characters a true voice. This composer believes Alison's predominant silences, and via Stevenson's settings and storyline reveals the author's deep awareness of the truest struggles of women. This piece was conceived of while RL, composer first lived in Saranac Lake.

Robert Louis Stevenson in Hawaii~History, Rare Photographs & Verse

by Rita Leonard

Released 2005
Raphael Music Company Hawaii LLC
Released 2005
Raphael Music Company Hawaii LLC
This piece is a work of art. WIthin this original, classic gift from Hawaii, true to the beloved poet of lyrical verse, Rita Leonard has created a portal of wonder for the spirit of Robert Louis Stevenson.
NOTES
A pure and elegant sound, a rich voice with a celtic presence, and on this album guitar work with a classic influence. This is the final issue of this cd, few in number, signed copy may be found only in Etsy shop 'Gifts by Ivy' where one may visit to search for it; the link being... https://www.etsy.com/shop/GiftsbyIvy?ref=listing-shop2-all-items-count#items

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Selections from 'A Child's Garden of Verses' by Robert Louis Stevenson

by Rita Leonard

Released 2006
RL*RLS Original Editions
Released 2006
RL*RLS Original Editions
The classic poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson, master of lyrical verse set to music by Rita Leonard.
NOTES
Composer felt the presence of RLS, she wandering as he had; this is a story unto itself. This work evolved over decades of receiving; it all began when reading to her little boy the ‘Verses’ the tunes were born.The music, it has been noted, is true to the Stevensonian essence; each song charming, inspiration knowing not the boundries of time. Poems included on album are written within cd with more historical information presented.

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