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Lament and Jig for Mickey

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Gary P. Gilroy

Gary P Gilroy

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 4:51
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Gary P. Gilroy Productions
Cost: Score and Parts - $79.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Composed in memory of the composer's father, Michael R. Gilroy, the introductory "Lament" begins introspectively in 4/4 meter with brief solos for flute and trumpet. The quicker, more celebrative “Jig” is characterized by the imaginative rhythmic landscape and colorful scoring. The Irish dance-like rhythms pay tribute to the father’s heritage. This material is immediately repeated leading to an extended coda. The mallet percussion scoring, which includes chimes, bells, vibraphone, and xylophone, plays a unifying role in the texture.

-Program Note from The Instrumentalist, June/July 2014

Lament and Jig for Mickey was composed in memory of the composer’s father Michael “Mickey” Gilroy. This composition pays tribute to the family’s Irish heritage, in both a sorrowful and celebratory manner. From the composer:

“My father was a strict man who had a no-nonsense attitude. We learned early on to respect our elders and do as we were told. Because of this way of life, I think I developed an instinct very similar to my dad’s in everything I did as a high school band director. ...l dedicate this short composition to his memory with the highest level of respect and admiration.”

The piece opens with a quiet and mournful lament, then quickly moving into a lilting, lively jig. Tuneful with colorful and varied percussion, it quickly changes the mood and soon has everyone swaying to the almost clock-like rhythms and pulse.

-Program Note by the Indian Springs Middle School Wind Ensemble


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