Summerland for Flute and Piano by William Grant Still
Includes spiral-bound piano score
Composed in 1935, Summerland was originally part of a solo piano suite written for Still’s wife, Verna Arvey (and later arranged for chamber orchestra), and titled “Three Visions”. The three segments of the suite, Dark Horsemen, Summerland, and Radiant Pinnacle, tell the story of the human soul after death; the body expires, and the soul goes on to an apocalyptic judgement. If it is seen that the past life has been a good one, the soul may enter “heaven,” or “Summerland”. After a period of time, the soul may reincarnate to learn additional earthly lessons on the human plane. Some souls reincarnate many times in a constant circular progress toward Godly perfection.