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Three Irish lyrics : SATB choir

by Fred Hill (2007)

Three Irish lyrics


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Three Irish lyrics / Trad. Irish, arr. Freddie Hill.

Library shelf no. 782.55542/HIL 3 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The 3 Irish Lyrics are reharmonisations of traditional Irish melodies to poems by Thomas Moore. I was drawn to them upon reading a play by my grandmother, Annie Louise Romoff, A Babble of Green Fields, which was produced to critical acclaim at the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre in 1946. A was persuaded by my mother to seek a theatrical company in Sydney to express interest. These 3 songs are designed to be performed as a suite and are part of a musical tapestry to accompany this dramatic story of a group of Irish families in Liverpool in the late 19th century.

Work Details

Year: 2007

Instrumentation: SATB choir (or SATB solo voices), piano (optional on 'It is not the tear', and 'The last rose of summer').

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Contents note: It is not the tear at this moment shed -- The Minstrel Boy -- The Last Rose of Summer.

Dedication note: To my mother Vera Hill (b.1920) and her mother Annie Romoff (1892-1969)

The composer notes: The challenge with setting these very well-known songs was to create novel harmonisations without doing violence to their spirit and simplicity. To some extent I was guided by the examples of Holst, Grainger and Britten.

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