Celtic Prayers

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Fergus O'Carroll

Fergus O'Carroll

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General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 6:55
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Publisher: Fergus O'Carroll
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown

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Program Notes

Celtic Prayers came about because of the desire of the WASBE Artistic Committee and Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra (ISWO) to present a new work by an Irish composer on the 2017 world stage that is WASBE 2017. With a deadline looming, I was asked if I had anything that might be acceptable, and in truth, at the time, I didn’t. What I did have was a number of movements of a requiem mass that I have been working on for some years. It was dedicated to my twin brother, Declan, who had passed away years earlier and who had suffered from brain damage from birth.

Originally for orchestra and chorus, material from the unperformed requiem was re-worked and re-orchestrated. Added to this was the Alleluia written by my father, Fintan O’Carroll, a piece famously known throughout the world as the Celtic Alleluia. This, along with a Kyrie Eleison, Credo, Great Amen, and Requiem Aetemam, is wrapped in the style of traditional Irish music with references to Irish instruments such as the tin whistle, bodhrán (hand held single skin drum played with a bone), Spoons and Uilleann Pipes (Island pipes). In this setting, the tin whistle is played by the piccolo and the pipes are replaced with soprano saxophone.

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Works for Winds by This Composer


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