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Old John's and Swallowtail Irish Jigs, for String Quartet

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By traditional tune, composer unknown

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Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Quartet - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by traditional tune, composer unknown. Arranged by Ray Kamada. Folk, European, Celtic, Wedding. Score, Set of Parts. 14 pages. Published by The Lone Arranger (S0.215241).

Item Number: S0.215241

The Old John's part of this arrangement seems simple but is written quadraphonically. So, each 8 bar stanza is meant to be played 8 times (including repeats), each instrument playing its own lead melody at forte while others play softly. Swallowtail is written as a theme and variations. Again, each voice leads a passage. The next to last section is again fully polyphonic. The easy full or half-open string, double stops help build to a climax. This and the overall balance yields an arrangement satisfying to both players and audience. Two sheets per instrument (no page turns) yet stretching to fill 6 minutes makes it great for gigs. For mixed quartets, flute or oboe can sub for 1st violin and bassoon for cello.

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