Brian Boru is fondly remembered as one of the greatest heroes of all Ireland. He became king of Munster in South Ireland around 976 and High King of the Irish in 1002. His reign ended almost two hundred years of Irish domination by the Norsemen (Vikings) and was considered a golden age of building, restoration of the Church and development of Irish culture. Unfortunately, he was not able to give Ireland a lasting political unity. He is credited for striking the Vikings out of Ireland but the battle cost him his life.
No one knows the composer of this very popular Irish melody, Brian Boru's March, but it is a favorite folk tune around the world. Audiences will delight in this new rendering of an old melody (arranged by Ervin Monroe) which may be played by 4 or more C flute, or flute choir by simply adding any or all of the additional parts. C Flutes may play the piccolo, alto or bass flute parts when those instruments are not available, and an optional C flute part is included for use when there is no alto flute.