7003 - Brian Boru, Lion of Ireland - (50 minutes, 2014)
A suite in 50 minutes duration comprising 12 movements composed to celebrate the millennium anniversary of the death of Brian Boru, Ireland’s High King who united the tribes of Ireland to repel the Viking invasion. Inspired by the theme of the well-known Brian Boru’s March, the tune is shaped and reshaped in different rhythms and modes telling the story of Brian Boru from his birth to death after the Battle of Clontarf in 1014.

Registration:

  • Irish (lever) harp solo
  • Early Irish (wire) harp solo
  • Harp Ensemble in 4 parts (minimum 8 players)
  • Soprano, Alto and Tenor solos
  • Children’s Choir
  • SATB Choir
  • Bagpipe solo
  • Bagpipe band (with full drum corps)

The movements are titled:

  • Overture
  • Viking warriors
  • Song of Beibhin (The Mother’s Lullaby)
  • Brian’s Theme
  • Ballad of Brian 1 (Conquest and Triumph)
  • Kyrie
  • Ivar, King of Limerick
  • Teir Slan (The Lover’s Song)
  • Ballad of Brian 2 (Conquest and Loss)
  • Lament for the High King
  • Warrior Reprise
  • Ballad of Brian 3 (Legend)

This piece is available to performance groups with or without Janet Harbison or soloists or members from the Irish Harp Orchestra. The director’s score is available for download with full rehearsal tracks from this website.

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7002 - Colmcille – A Columban Suite  - (50 minutes, 1997)
A Suite comprising 12 movements composed to commemorate the 1400thanniversary of the death of Saint Colmcille. Colmcille (or ‘Columba’) was renowned for the illumination of the ‘Book of Kells’ but his personal story is also one of the crusading church of his time – and his exile on the Scottish island of Iona where the Book of Kells was completed… This piece tells Colmcille’s story in plainchant and modern Irish harping and culminates in Psalm 150: ‘Praise God with lute and harp!’. With Soprano Mairead Healy.

Registration:

  • Soprano and Tenor solos
  • Community choir (mostly unison singing)
  • Harp Ensemble in 3 parts

The movements are titled:

  • Benedicite
  • The Land Called Scotia
  • Psalm 98: Cantata Domino (with ‘A Monastic Life’)
  • Aurora Rutilat – Dawn, Harbinger of Light
  • Suantrai
  • Psalm 99: Jubilate Deo
  • Journey into Exile
  • The Derry Lament - Doire
  • Psalm 92: Dominus Regnavit
  • Amra, The Harper’s Elegy
  • Amra, The Poet’s Elegy
  • Psalm 150: Laudate Dominum

Scores and downloads coming soon


7001 - A Christmas Cantata - (60 minutes, 1993)

A suite of 12 old and 2 new Irish carols (or Christmas nativity songs) in Irish, English (including 2 Wexford carols) and Latin (with the macaronic ‘Deus Meus’). Again, with a duration of 50 minutes, this suite of pieces is scored for voices, harps, hand bell and chime (on C)….

Registration:

  • Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass soloists
  • SATB Choir
  • Harp ensemble in 3 parts
  • Hand Bell
  • Chime (low C)

The movements are:

  • Don Oiche Ud I mBeithil (That Night in Bethlehem)
  • Cead Mile Failte Romhat a Iosa (A Hundred Thousand Welcomes to You, Jesus)
  • Moradh Duit a Ri na Cruinne (Magnificence to you, Lord of the Universe
  • Deus Meus
  • Rug Muire Mac Do Dhia (Mary Bore a Son to God)
  • Suantrai na Maighdine (The Mother’s Lullaby)
  • Good People All (The Enniscorthy Carol)
  • De Do Bheatha, A Naoi Anocht! (Welcome to You, O Babe Tonight)
  • De Do Bheatha, A Naoi Naoimh! (Welcome to You, O child of Saints)
  • Failte Romhat A Ri na nAingil (Welcome to You, King of the Angels)
  • An Ulster Carol
  • Ye Sons of Men (Wexford Carol)

Scores and downloads coming soon


Aifreann d’Arainn - (40 minutes, 1983)
A traditional mass in Irish for the wedding of Micheal O hAlmhain to Aine Ni Chonnaille of Inis Oirr, the most westerly of the Aran Islands off the Galway coast. Duration 40 minutes

Registration:

  • Female vocalist (sean nos)
  • Male vocalist (sean nos)
  • Community choir
  • Uilleann Pipes and whistle
  • Harp

 Scores and downloads not currently available


Battle of Alasdair - (12 minutes, 1992)                 
From the Uilleann Piping repertoire but originally an epic piece from the old harper’s repertoire, this piece tells the story of the final battle of Alasdair for Ulleann Pipes solo, Harp solo, Harp Ensemble in 4 parts with the component movements: 1 The Ulster Cry, 2 War March of Alisdair MacDonnell; 3 The Trumpet Calls the Men to Battle; 4 Awaiting the Order for Battle; 5 Alisdair Calls Out for Support; 6 Gatyhering for the Battle; 8 Strike and Slash and Leave No-one Alive; 10 The Fall of Alisdair’ 11 The Women Search for their Dead Heroes; 12 ‘Gol na mBan san Ar’ (The Women’s Lament at the Slaughter); 13 Castle Hill (The Graveside Jig).  Recorded on the Album: ‘Carillon’ (BHO, 1993)

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Ulster Symphony - (11 mins 45 secs, 1994)       
Fantasia on the themes of: Sean O Duibhir a’ Ghleanna, Boyne Water and Foggy Dew for Fiddle/Violin, Uilleann Pipes, Bagpipes, Fife, Whistle, Bodhran, Lambeg Drum and Harp Ensemble in 3 parts.  This piece is a dramatic musical presentation of the ‘story of Northern Ireland’ featuring the strongest themes of (both sides of) the conflict with the slow air Sean O Duibhir a’ Ghleanna (or ‘Sean O Dwyer of the Glen) providing a start and finish.  The Sean O Duibhir tune has 2 incarnations as an evocative patriotic ‘aisling’ of the late 1600s and as a ballad of lament in the early 1800s. 

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Dalriada - (7 mins 30 secs.) 
Commissioned for the Belfast Tattoo 2016, a piece in a variety of dance rhythms. Duration: 12 minutes

Registration:

  • Uilleann Pipes solo
  • Bagpipes Solo
  • Bagpipes Band
  • Harp Ensemble in 4 parts
  • Keyboard
  • Bass
  • Percussion

Scores and downloads available on request


On Honey Wood  - (7 mins)  1995
Commission by Derry City Council for the Civic Reception for Seamus Heaney on receiving his Nobel Prize in Literature.  The piece was named by Seamus Heaney.  For solo violin with Harp Ensemble in 4 parts.

Scores and downloads not currently available


Film Music
Series of 3 (documentary) award winning films for Martello Films (Produced Neville Presho) for Chanel 4 TV
Island (1978)     40 mins
Music in the Wood (1978)    40 mins
Horse Power (1978)   40 mins
Posadh in Inis Oirr (1983)   50 mins  Adapted from ‘Aifreann d’Arann’ for RTE documentary

Scores and downloads not currently available