A Lively Irish Medley
Anonymous original Irish folk melodies
Arranged by David Hill Bailey
Published by Falls House Press
Includes score and parts
2 C Flutes
Alto Flute in G
Limber Up Reel
Bunch of Roses Reel
Speed the Plow
The Last Rose of Summer
Rakes of Mallow
There has long been a need for a concert medley of Irish folk melodies for flute choir. This music was originally written to be danced to so many repetitions of a single melody worked fine. In the concert hall this repeption can become rather boring fairly fast. A Lively Irish Medley remedies this situation by taking nine Irish melodies and blending them into a smoothly flowing medley, repeating only those sections which are repeated in the originals.
The nine melodies included in this medley are: Limber Up Reel, Donnybrook, Dundee Hornpipe, Bunch of Roses Reel, Lamplighter's Hornpipe, Exile's Lament, Speed the Plow, The Last Rose of Summer, and Rakes of Mallow. The Last Rose of Summer, a slow, lyrical melody is interwoven with Speed the Plow, forming a beautiful counterpoint.
Each melody in this medley can be extracted and performed as a single song by beginning where the name of the song is printed and continuing to the double bar before the start of the next song, with the following exceptions: Dundee Hornpipe would end just before the repeat sign before Bunch of Roses Reel instead of including the eighth note before the double bar; Lamplighter's Hornpipe would end without the last two sixteenth notes in the bass flute part; Exile's Lament would end just before the last eighth rest before Speed the Plow; Speed the Plow would end on beat two of the first 3/4 measure. If a single song from this medley is to be performed lengthening it by adding a D.C. complete with all repeats would be nice.
Overall the tempo should remain somewhere between 100 and 120 (depending on how lively the group's technique is) except for the cut-time tempo of Bunch of Roses Reel, which should be around 75. The last eight measures of Rakes of Mallow, and thus the whole medley, should be accelerated as fast as the group can handle.
The melodies get passed around through all the parts in this medley making them all more interesting and more challenging than simply having the melody in the top part with the lower four parts serving as accompaniment.
– David H. Bailey
completed on Saint Patrick's Day, 1999