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Three Fairy Songs for Solo Flute

Revised version of a piece I wrote some time ago.  

Fairy music, wrote folklorist Redfern Mason in his The Song Lore of Ireland, “is music of a perilous fascination for mortals." He refers to “its delicate aroma, and says that it has also about it “something dreamy and hallucinatory, as though the notes were of ivory or mother-of-pearl." This composition attempts to capture something of those qualities by interweaving passages original with the composer with adaptations of airs considered in Irish folk traditions to be fairy music. The first of these is adapted from a fiddle tune printed with the title “The Fairy Reel" in the April 1904 issue of The Journal of the Irish Folk Song Society; the other two are variations on airs included in Mason's book with the titles “Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday" and “The Song of Oonagh. “

The audio file was created with software as a demo.  

The long diminuendo at the end is supposed to be much more drastic, gradually and steadily going from loud to almost inaudible, but the software I was using couldn't produce this effect very well.

Audio file attached, and available at SoundCloud Three Fairy Songs for Solo Flute and YouTube Three Fairy Songs for Solo Flute.

Score pdf available for sale at SMP Press Three Fairy Songs for Solo Flute.

Version of 15 February 2021


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

For performance permission, please see my permissions page.

I generally don't post scores to my compositions since many of them are offered for sale through web sites, and it would be inappropriate for there also to be free copies elsewhere on the internet. I'll be glad to email a pdf attachment of this score for private evaluation without charge to any member of this forum on request via private message.

Image:Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing by William Blake

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