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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


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal


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


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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