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Three Old Irish Airs for solo flute

A composition for solo flute that adapts three old Irish airs from a manuscript collection of 1842: The lasses of Farm Hill, The foggy dew, Get up my darling and come with me. The foggy dew is still a standard of the folk song repertory; Get up my darling and come with me is occasionally performed or recorded, The lasses of Farm Hill rarely.

Corrected version of 24 June 2020.

Score pdf and audio mp3 attached.

Score and audio also available at MuseScore Three Old Irish Airs.

Audio only at SoundCloud Three Old Irish Airs.

Comments welcome.

28 July 2020 Enhanced audio file attached and on SoundCloud.

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Please note that while this composition is based on a traditional melody in the public domain, this adaptation of it is an original creative work under copyright.

For performance permission, please see my permissions page.

Image:Winter fog in the Wicklow Mountains, Ireland.

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Hi Jon, the Irish aire is definitely evidenced in these pieces, which came across to me, for some reason, as sea chanties. The first one, with the repeated upper note, I would say is the strongest of the 3 tunes. Thanks for sharing!

Gav

Thanks for the comment.  I think the first tune has a certain attractive vigor which makes them stand out.  The third one, though reliably attested as Irish, seems to me to have a certain Scottish feel.

Hi Jon,

 I enjoyed the listen. I could hear just a little lilt or swing in these....might be interesting some time to get the midi ( or notation) and play with it.Not that you haven't done a nice job with these as they are. The choice of material is all in good taste in my opinion. Reminiscent of days gone by and simpler times.

Thanks for the comment, and for liking it.  I probably could enhance the sound file, but I'm reluctant to spend too much effort on it, since I really don't want to consider myself a composer of electronic music; my sound files are demos which I hope will eventually find a performer, who would no doubt make them more expressive.  But I appreciate your suggestion.

Timothy Smith said:

Hi Jon,

 I enjoyed the listen. I could hear just a little lilt or swing in these....might be interesting some time to get the midi ( or notation) and play with it.Not that you haven't done a nice job with these as they are. The choice of material is all in good taste in my opinion. Reminiscent of days gone by and simpler times.

Edit of 24 July 2020 to replace with revised score correcting program note.  If you've kept the 23 July pdf, please delete it from wherever you kept it and replace with the current version.  Thanks.

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