Turlough O'Carolan : Concerto (Folk song) (Arranged for Brass quintet)

Product Code : O'Carolan_01
Turlough O'Carolan, (1670 – 25 March 1738) was a blind Irish harper, composer and singer whose great fame is due to his gift for melodic composition.
Although not a composer in the classical sense, He is considered by many to be Ireland's national composer. Harpists of the old Irish tradition were still around as late as 1792, including Donnchadh Ó Hámsaigh who, attended the Belfast Harp Festival. Ó Hámsaigh played some of Carolan's music but disliked it for being too modern. Some of his compositions show influences of the style of continental classical music, whereas others such as his Farewell to Music reflect a much older style of "Gaelic Harping".
He was born in 1670 in Nobber, County Meath, where his father was a blacksmith. He showed an early talent for poetry. After being blinded by smallpox at the age of eighteen he became an apprentice to a good harpist. At the age of twenty-one, with a horse and a guide, he set out to travel Ireland and compose songs for patrons. For almost fifty years, he toured the length and breadth of Ireland, composing and performing. One of his earliest compositions was about Brigid Cruise, with whom he was infatuated. Brigid was the teenage daughter of the schoolmaster at the school for the blind that he attended in Cruisetown in 1720. He eventually married Mary Maguire by which time he was 50. Their first family home was a cottage near the town of Manachain (now Mohill) in County Leitrim, where they settled. They had seven children. The annual O'Carolan Harp Festival and Summer School commemorates his life and work in Keadue, County Roscommon. A bronze monument depicting him playing the harp was erected at the Market Square, Mohill, in 1986, and was unveiled by Patrick Hillery the then President of Ireland.
He composed both songs and instrumental harp music, reflecting various styles of composition. About a third of his surviving music has associated Irish lyrics that survive to this day. Largely these lyrics are unknown to the musicians of today, who for the most part have adapted his repertoire to the currently popular Irish repertoire of jigs and reels.
Our arrangement of the concerto, which has not been made available until now for brass ensemble, has all the players in the ensemble playing the melody at some stage. Although this style of music is very different from our other arrangements, we consider that this is a well-deserved piece to be included, and we really hope that you will enjoy trying this out as a something slightly unusual to include in a concert programme.
We would class this technically as fairly easy .
No. of Players : 5 Difficulty : Fairly Easy Arranged by : Mark Leigh
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In most cases, this is the arrangment being played back using the Sibelius video export facility, but in some cases this is an actual performance by groups commissioned by Undiscovered Brass to actually perform the arrangment.
Concerto (Folk song) (Arranged for Brass quintet)
Price : £20