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Last Rose of Summer, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Thomas Moore

Thomas Moore (setting by James Swearingen)


General Info

Year: 1813 / 2006
Duration: c. 2:50
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Folk song
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $6.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Mark Tree
  • Suspended Cymbal


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The Last Rose of Summer is a poem by the Irish poet Thomas Moore. He wrote it in 1805, while staying at Jenkinstown Park in County Kilkenny, Ireland, where he was said to have been inspired by a specimen of Rosa 'Old Blush'. The poem is set to a traditional tune called Aislean an Oigfear, or The Young Man's Dream, which was transcribed by Edward Bunting in 1792, based on a performance by harper Denis Hempson (Donnchadh Ó hÁmsaigh) at the Belfast Harp Festival.The poem and the tune together were published in December 1813 in volume 5 of Thomas Moore's A Selection of Irish Melodies. The original piano accompaniment was written by John Andrew Stevenson, several other arrangements followed in the 19th and 20th centuries.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


This is breathtakingly beautiful and sure to touch the hearts of all who hear it performed. A highly emotional setting of an old Irish air, it features an occasional trumpet solo that's also cued for flute. Reminiscent of the melodic works of Grainger, the rich harmonies and soaring lines make it a work worth experiencing.

- Program Note by publisher


In memory of Catherine Elizabeth Woods, June 29, 1984 – November 27, 2015

- Program Note from score


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