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Been taking a break from composing, but mostly because I wanted to arrange a couple of these beauties. I love me some Irish airs from time to time and these are the first three that I have sat down to arrange for the piano for myself. Y'alls can have a listen. The links are down below. And I got the PDF file for the score. 😋 1. Inisheer: https://soundcloud.com/user-563317711/inisheer-inis-oirr-thomas-walsh-mini-piano-arrangement 2. Sheebeg, Sheemore: https://soundcloud.com/user-563317711/sheebeg-sheemore-si-bheag-si-mor-turlough-ocarolan-attributed-mini-piano-arrangement 3. Slane: https://soundcloud.com/user-563317711/slane-be-thou-my-visionlord-of-all-hopefulness-mini-piano-arrangement
Hello all, I have been absent for a few months, spending most of my evenings working on this project. 2014 was the thousandth anniversary of Irish High King Brian Boru's death. I decided to look his history up in detail and subsequently (around this time last year) realised it would be great material for music. I wanted to explicitly tell his story and the best way I found to do that was by means of a cantata. I wrote the libretto myself without even trying poetry and other niceties (as I said, my goal is only to get the story across, almost as if the piece was a film score). However, any comments on the text are welcome as well. The job is by no means finished, in fact I'd say this is about half the final length, but I would like to have your opinions on what it sounds like so far. Cheers, Marc