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The Farmleigh Tree Alphabet

for SATB choir

Year:  2019   ·  Duration:  25m

Year:  2019
Duration:  25m

Dave Flynn

Composer:   Dave Flynn


This is a setting of short poems by renowned Irish poet Theo Dorgan, each section relates to a Irish mythology around various trees that are found in the grounds of Ireland's State Guest House, Farmleigh House.

I was the first Composer-in-Residence at Farmleigh in 2019, Theo had been a Writer-in-Residence there and his poems inspired me to create my largest choral work to date.

The music mixes elements of traditional Irish singing styles with contemporary choral techniques, including extended harmony, hand percussion and occasional whispering.

Text note

Text by Theo Dorgan