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Star of the County Down and After the Battle of Aughrim (Traditional Celtic Tunes for String Quartet Strings Charts Series). Arranged by Irene Sazer. For String Quartet. String Letter Publishing. 26 pages. Published by String Letter Publishing (HL.332992).
ISBN 1890490865. 9x12 inches.
“Star of the County Down” is a sentimental Irish ballad. This popular folk tune was the basis for Ralph Vaughan Williams' Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus. The tune is a pentatonic melody with a romantic feel. “After the Battle of Aughrim” is a beautiful account of the last great defeat of the native Gaelic army in Ireland. It offers a real tug on the heart. Easy for students to play, this tune's yearning tonality reflects the sobriety of the war and subsequent loss that inspired this piece.