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Carrickfergus

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Patrick Roszell

Traditional Irish folk song (arr. Patrick Roszell)


General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 3:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Belwin-Mills
Cost: Score and Parts - $64.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
String Bass (optional)
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Carrickfergus, arranged by Patrick Roszell, is based upon an Irish folksong named after the town of Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland. Although the origins of the folksong are unclear, it has been traced back to an old Gaelic song, There Was a Noblewoman, circa 1745. Marked “Lyrically, but with motion,” the selection is legato cantabile throughout. The folksong is first played by the solo flute with a solo oboe (cued to clarinet) countermelody on the repeat. Solo trumpet is featured in a subsequent presentation of the folksong material along with a countermelody played by the solo flute. The varied scoring alternates between brass and woodwind choirs.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist


The Irish folk song Carrickfergus is named after the town of Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland. The origins of the song are unclear, but the melody has been traced to an Irish-language song, “Do Bhf Bean Uasal”/”There Was a Noblewoman.” The lyrics of of the folk song tell the story of a man aging in exile, longing for his emigrant days to be over, just to be once more in Carrickfergus. This beautifully haunting setting by Patrick Roszell brings the Irishman’s longing for the beauty of the Irish countryside to life for the listener.

- Program Note from Colleyville Middle School Honors Band concert program, 19 December 2018


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Audio Links


State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music


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References

  • The Instrumentalist, Vol. 69, No. 3 (October 2014), p. 34