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Immortal Dream

Fantasy on Old Skibereen

By Nathan Daughtrey

Immortal Dream
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Concert band (Piccolo, Flute 1, Flute 2, Oboe, Bb Clarinet 1, Bb Clarinet 2, Bb Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Eb Alto Saxophone 1, Eb Alto Saxophone 2, Bb Tenor Saxophone, Eb Baritone Saxophone, Bb Trumpet 1, Bb Trumpet 2, Bb Trumpet 3, F Horn 1, F Horn 2, Trombone 1, Trombo) - grade 4
Fantasy on Old Skibereen. Composed by Nathan Daughtrey. Band Music. Score only. Duration 4:00. Published by C. Alan Publications (CN.15511).

Item Number: CN.15511

The title, Immortal Dream is taken from a verse of the traditional Irish ballad, 'Old Skibereen.' This poignant song is full of tragedy and passion, describing the Irish famine of 1846-47. While most of the arrangement is in the minor mode, the second half flirts with a much more uplifting statement of the melody to remind us that there are always things to be thankful for.

The title, Immortal Dream is taken from a verse of the traditional Irish ballad, 'Old Skibereen.' This poignant song is full of tragedy and passion, describing the Irish famine of 1846-47, in which Skibereen was one of the most severely stricken regions and thousands of people perished. Written by a father to a son, the final three verses of the song had the greatest impact on me. - NHD Old Skibereen (last 3 verses) Your mother too, God rest her soul, Fell on the stony ground She fainted in her anguish Seeing desolation 'round She never rose but passed away From life to immortal dream She found a quiet grave, me boy, In dear old Skibereen. And you were only two years old And feeble was your frame I could not leave you with my friends For you bore your father's name I wrapped you in my cA3ta mA3r In the dead of night unseen I heaved a sigh and bade goodbye To dear old Skibereen. Oh Father dear, the day will come When in answer to the call All Irish men of freedom stern Will rally one and all I'll be the man to lead the band Beneath the flag of green And loud and clear we'll raise the cheer, Revenge for Skibereen!

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