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Maidens of Melody (5 Duos)

By Dorothy van Joolen Barth

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Flute, Violin, Recorder - Intermediate
Arranged by Dorothy van Joolen Barth. Repertoire, World, Folk, Wedding. Score. 9 pages. Published by Dorothy van Joolen Barth (S0.35555).

Item Number: S0.35555

Irish music cast its spell early on in the many years I have performed as part of a duo of violin and recorder, so it was inevitable that I would be drawn to create new arrangements for this intimate combination of instruments. Maidens of Melody contains 5 traditional tunes selected from O’Neill’s Music of Ireland. These 5 tunes are part of a larger anthology by the same title, available separately as a download for those who would prefer to have the complete book. As an audio sample, The Gentle Maiden is provided here. These arrangements can be played on recorder and violin (which is how we play them), flute and violin, or two violins. If the upper part is played on recorder, the recorder player may switch between soprano, alto, and tenor recorders in accordance with the range and mood of each piece. We generally prefer the soprano recorder on the faster reels, jigs, and hornpipes and the tenor recorder (or sometimes the alto recorder) on the more lyrical pieces. In performing this music, I often devise new decorations, in keeping with Celtic tradition where no two performances of a piece are ever identical. Violinists can add authenticity by applying Irish bowing techniques, which includes various slurring patterns. Such bowings have been kept to a minimum in this collection for recorder and violin, but the techniques are well worth exploring and developing. You will likewise add your own meaning to this evocative music. These pieces are delightful to perform for Celtic festivals, St. Patrick's Day celebrations, weddings, and other theme events. Above all, may this music provide both player and listener with much enjoyment!

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