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Eanach Dhuin (Annaghdown) : arranged for soprano or mezzo-soprano and piano

by Jacqui Rutten (2014)

Eanach Dhuin (Annaghdown)


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Eanach Dhuin (Annaghdown) : arranged for soprano or mezzo-soprano and piano / Jacqui Rutten.

Library shelf no. 783.66542/RUT 7 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This is an arrangement of a Gaelic tune found in a book by Waltons Publishing of "Irelands's Best Slow Airs". I have ornamented the melody for the text and composed the chordal accompaniment with a contrast of quaver and crotchet triplets and quavers to highight the turmoil of the drowning. The piccardy third at the end suggest a resolution to the ornamental melody in the same way there could be a sense of relief after the keenng (Irish wailing) and other funerial rites. The text is my orginal adaption of a translation of the Gaelic. Raftery was the Irish poet of the Gaelic text. He was arguably the most famous bard of his day - a great poet and singer and also fiddle player. He was homeless and went from village to village singing and playing to survive which was no mean feat because he was also blind.

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: Soprano or mezzo-soprano, piano.

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Timing and ornaments


Performances of this work

4 Mar 2015: at Lunchtime Concert (St Paul's Cathedral (Melbourne)). Featuring Jacqui Rutten.

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