Academic journal article Journal of Singing

IRISH ART SONGS for Voice and Guitar

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

IRISH ART SONGS for Voice and Guitar

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IRISH ART SONGS for Voice and Guitar. [Collected and arranged by] Meg Fitzgerald and Guido Böger. Mel Bay Publications, Inc., 2011. CONTENTS: "siuil a ruin" ("Here I sit on buttermilk hill..."); "she moved through the fair"; "I know who is sick"; "cailin deas" (the pretty maid); "down by the sally gardens"; "the verdant braes of screen"; "oro mo bhaidin"; "the singing bird"; "the blackwater side"; "the October winds"; "the last rose of summer"; "the gartan mother's lullaby"; "cruiscin Ian"; "mairi's wedding"; "my lagan love"; "the falling of the leaves."

Although the title of this collection says "art songs," in fact all of the songs except "The Last Rose of Summer" are Irish folksongs. Soprano Meg Fitzgerald and classical guitarist Guido Böger often perform concerts together, and, in an effort to enlarge the small repertoire for voice and guitar, began including Irish folksongs on their programs. Finding a favorable reception of these songs on their concert programs, they decided to make their own arrangements.

Both voice and guitar parts are fully written out, and the guitar parts also contain chord designations. Fitzgerald has written informative and helpful "Performance Notes" that discuss notation, ornamentation, and the use of Irish Gaelic (though the texts are predominantly in English). …

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