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Welsh Folk Song Suite for string orchestra

By Mark Lansom

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Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, String Orchestra - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Mark Lansom. 21st Century, Romantic Period, Contemporary Classical, Post-Romantic, Celtic. Score, Set of Parts. 72 pages. Published by Mark Lansom (S0.806429).

Item Number: S0.806429

1. Gogerddan, 2. Robin Ddiog, 3. Cadair Idris, 4. Rhosymedre

“Welsh Folk Song Suite” was written in 2011 for Wrexham Schools String Ensemble, though it is an enjoyable challenge for string groups of any age. The notes are mostly straightforward and the rhythms can be taught and learnt.

The work is conveniently named, though only the inner movements could be described as a folk song. The first is taken from Edward Jones’s 1794 “Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards”, whilst the fourth is a famous hymn.Three of the movements share a modernist idiom without often straying from their melodic root. In the final movement ideas from the first two movements return. The slow movement, Cadair Idris, however, stands alone, with much more traditional harmonic roots, and is joined structurally by an original melody. Score and parts included.

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