Lagan Love

From Wind Repertory Project
Luigi Zaninelli

Luigi Zaninelli

Subtitle: An Ancient Ulster Air for Band

General Info

Year: 1999
Duration: c. 5:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Shawnee Press
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Lagan River flows through Belfast, Northern Ireland. After hearing the beauty of this folk melody, the composer immediately created this work for symphonic wind ensemble. Not only is the melodic content hauntingly beautiful, but the instrumentation offers a wide range of wonderful combinations of colors.

- Program Note from publisher

Lagan Love, An Ancient Ulster Air is based on a traditional Irish folk air, The Belfast Maid, first notated and "collected" by Herbert Hughes in 1903 in Donegal, a county in the north of Ireland. The English lyrics have been credited to Joseph Campbell, an Irish poet and lyricist who wrote under the Gaelic form of his name, Seosamh Mac Cathmhaoil.

The "Lagan" referred to in the lyrics likely pertains to the River Lagan, which runs through Belfast, though some argue that the name refers to an area of good farming land between Donegal and Derry, known in Irish as An Lagán. It may also refer to a stream that empties into Lough Swilly in County Donegal, not far from where Herbert Hughes collected the song. The ballad air has been catalogued by the Roud Folk Song Index, a database of around 250,000 references to nearly 25,000 songs collected from oral tradition in the English language from all over the world.

- Program Note by Nikk Pilato


State Ratings

  • Kansas: IV
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Texas: IV. Complete


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  • Zaninelli, L. (1999). Lagan Love : An Ancient Ulster Air For Symphonic Band [score]. Concert Works Unlimited: Delaware Water Gap, Penn.