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A West Irish Ballad

for unaccompanied choir

Year:  1988   ·  Duration:  8m
Instrumentation:  SSS AAA TTT BBB

Year:  1988
Duration:  8m
Instrumentation  SSS AAA TTT BBB

Composer:   Clare Maclean

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The music of 'A West Irish Ballad' follows the course of an anonymous Irish poem, and is influenced by Irish traditional music. Much of the musical imagery comes from the poetry, from the snipe and the 'lonely bird in the woods', to the developing ostinato reminiscent of church bells, and to the broader feeling of the landscape as I imagine it, and the deep emotion of Irish laments and love songs. 'A West Irish Ballad' was written for the Sydney Chamber Choir.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by the Sydney Chamber Choir directed by Nicholas Routley

Text note

Anonymous text, translated by Lady Gregory.

Performance history

Performed by the Sydney Chamber Choir, director Nicholas Routley