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Michael Sweeney

Michael Sweeney

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General Info

Year: 2007
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: I-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $45.00; (digital) - $45.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
Oboe (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F (optional)
Low Brass & Woodwinds
Percussion I-II

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Drawing on the rich and varied tradition of Celtic folksongs, this piece opens with the touching and melodious The Parting Glass. The flutes and percussion take center stage on the dance-like Tha Mi Sgith (A Fairy's Love Song), then the entire band gets into the act for the rousing finish.

- Program Note from publisher

Celtic Air and Dance features two traditional folk melodies. The slower opening section, The Parting Glass, can be traced to the year 1605, although it is frequently found in popular culture, such as the season three premiere of The Walking Dead. The second section features a faster setting of the traditional lullaby “Tha Mi Sgrth” (A Fairy’s Love Song). This arrangement is the first of several for young band by Michael Sweeney, including Celtic Air and Dance No. 2 and No.3, and Celtic Air and March.

- Program Note from Riverwatch Middle School Symphonic Band concert program, 21 December 2017


State Ratings

  • Florida: I
  • Georgia: II
  • Kansas: II
  • Maryland: II
  • Mississippi: I-A
  • North Carolina: II
  • South Carolina: II
  • West Virginia: II


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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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  • Sweeney, M. (2007). Celtic Air and Dance [score]. Musicworks: Milwaukee, Wisc.