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 emerald

Music from
the Emerald Isle

Roger Wilhelm, music director

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Irish music has always held a special place in the hearts of Americans. The lyric melodies of its folk songs, love-songs and ballads, and the sprightly rhythms of its jigs and reels have become a part of the American culture.

In this live performance recording, Madrigalia presents a variety of Irish choral music beginning with one of the earliest composers, John Farmer (c.1570-1601) of Dublin and continuing with the part-songs of Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) also of Dublin. Although religious music is not strongly part of Ireland’s musical heritage, two beautiful examples of hymn tunes are represented here: the hymn-tune Slane, (accompanied by hammered dulcimer) and the traditional Irish Blessing (May the road rise to meet you…).

These songs are not narrative, but rather express hope or despair in a simple, natural quality intended to amuse, to please and to soothe. RW

Content

 The Rakes Of Mallow
 Down By The Salley Gardens
 Shule Aroon (come, O Love)
 I Wish I Were A Shepherd’s Lamb
 Fair Phyllis
 Mock Morris
 She Moved Through The Fair
 Diaphenia
 Corydon, Arise!
 The Blue Bird
 When Mary Thro’ The Garden Went
 Be Thou My Vision (slane)
 An Old Irish Blessing

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