Irish Air, An (Sheldon)

From Wind Repertory Project
Robert Sheldon

Robert Sheldon

Subtitle: Sweet Molly Malone

General Info

Year: 2006
Duration: c. 2:20
Difficulty: I-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Folk song
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $49.00; (digital) - $49.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
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
Horn in F
Percussion (3 players), including:

  • Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The popular Irish folk song Molly Malone is used in this lovely setting. Tastefully scored and well crafted, this arrangement allows the beauty of the melody to really stand out in a blend of charm and lyricism.

- Program Note adapted from publisher

Molly Malone (also known as Cockles and Mussels or In Dublin's Fair City) is a popular song set in Dublin, Ireland, which has become its unofficial anthem.

The song tells the fictional tale of a fishwife who plied her trade on the streets of Dublin and died young, of a fever. In the late 20th century, a legend grew up that there was a historical Molly, who lived in the 17th century. She is typically represented as a hawker by day and part-time prostitute by night. In contrast, she has also been portrayed as one of the few chaste female street hawkers of her day. There is no evidence that the song is based on a real woman in the 17th century or any other time.

A statue representing Molly Malone was unveiled on Grafton Street during the 1988 Dublin Millennium celebrations.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • Florida: II
  • Louisiana: I
  • North Carolina: II
  • South Carolina: II
  • Texas: I. Complete
  • West Virginia: II


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