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Ceol na Fidhle

for violin and percussion

Year:  1999   ·  Duration:  9m
Instrumentation:  Percussion: 4 tomtoms, small bass drum, Chinese opera gong, marimba and suspended cymbal

Year:  1999
Duration:  9m
Instrumentation  Percussion: 4 tomtoms, smal...

Composer:   Maria Grenfell

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'Ceol na Fidhle (pronounced 'kee-OL na fiddle'), for violin and percussion, is based on Celtic bagpipe and fiddle tunes. The Gaelic title means 'tunes for highland fiddle.' Some of the tunes are obvious while others are almost hidden.

Prologue starts with a bang, and is followed by Hornpipe where a familiar tune dances and then scurries away beneath a disguise of accompanying notes and rhythmic displacement. The Boatman slows the pace and melodic decoration suggests the sound of bagpipes playing this rather wistful song. Finally, Reel returns to the highly-charged drive of the Prologue with a frantic and virtuosic ending.

Ceol na Fidhle was written in 1999 for Tasmanian musicians Rachel Bremner and Tom O'Kelly.

Dedication note

Written for Rachel Bremner and Tom O'Kelly

Contents note

I. Prologue
II. Hornpipe
III. The Boatman
IV. Reel

Performance history