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A Walk in an Irish Garden

for Flute and Piano

By James Galway

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Flute, Piano Accompaniment
For Flute and Piano. Composed by James Galway. Arranged by David Overton. Southern Music. Concert. Softcover. 16 pages. Southern Music Company #B586. Published by Southern Music Company (HL.298120).

Item Number: HL.298120

ISBN 9781581066531. 9x12 inches.

This collection of songs were written and arranged for Sir James Galway as concert pieces by David Overton, his longtime arranger. They are all based to some extent on traditional Irish Melodies. The first three are contrasting tunes: “Spinning Song,” the beautiful slow melody “She moved through the fair,” and the more up-tempo “Star of the County Down.” These were so successful in the original flute and piano version, as printed here, that Overton was requested to write versions for strings and for orchestra, which were equally successful and have formed a regular part of Galway's concert repertoire. “Badinereelerie” is more light-hearted work, first written for Sir James Galway in 1984. Since then, he has played it countless times as printed here, and in a version for flute and orchestra. The surprising mixture of Bach (and Handel and others) with reels and Irish traditional tunes, and even a few English traditional tunes thrown in for good measure, has delighted audiences all over the world. The piece's rousing conclusion includes an optional switch to penny whistle, a practice that Galway writes, “I have always taken advantage of.&rdquo.

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