Celts of County Clare, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Robert Sheldon

Robert Sheldon

'This work bears the designation Opus 225.

General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 5:15
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Robert Sheldon Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00; (digital) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
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
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This charming composition is inspired by the music of Ireland, specifically the type of folk music heard in the County Clare region, located on the central southwest coast. While much of the music heard in the pubs is typically rhythmic dance music, the area is known for some lovely ballads as well.

When Dennis Naughton commissioned the piece, he asked for it to have an Irish "flavor" as a nod to his family heritage. In researching and visiting the country, I learned that the "Naughton" surname was most often used in County Clare, and therefore I chose to focus on the music of this particular county as the inspiration for the original melodies used in the piece.

Opening with a haunting theme presented over shifting drones, the piece begins with a nod to the bagpipes used in Clare along with the sounds of drums which represents a typical tattoo, which was played by the local corps of drums to signal that the taps at the pubs were to be closed to encourage the soldiers to return to their posts. A lyrical melody then tugs at our heartstrings in the style of an Irish love song. The rhythmic percussion, reminiscent of the sound of an Irish bodhrán, starts the dancing, and takes us on a whirlwind jig that carries us to a glorious conclusion.

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by Dennis and Christy Naughton in appreciation of their children Marilyn, Alex and Matthew, for their understanding of the crazy life of two parents that are band directors!

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Reinhardt University (Waleska, Ga.) Wind Ensemble (Kerry Bryant, conductor) - 28 September 2021
  • Reinhardt University (Waleska, Ga.) Wind Ensemble (Dennis Naughton, conductor) - 22 April 2021 *Premiere Performance*

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