THREE SCOTTISH GAELIC SONGS
for mezzo-soprano and cello
1. Gheibh sinn ribinnean
3. Sùilean dubha
THREE SCOTTISH GAELIC SONGS was commissioned by Ainsley Patterson and Charlie Rasmussen for the event “Unprepared Music” in 2012, and had its concert premiere at the UNC-Greensboro New Music Festival (2013) with Ainsley Patterson and Roman Placzek. The cycle is composed for mezzo-soprano and cello, setting Scottish Gaelic folk texts to new melodies. “Gheibh sinn Ribinnean” is a children’s song about dancing with ribbons, “Thàladh” is a lullaby for a lost child, and “Sùilean dubha” looks forward to a visit from a dark-eyed lover. My setting blends traditional modes with contrasting polyrhythms for an original take on the modern folk tradition.
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Contains full score and cello part. PDF format.