Brent Straughan socan
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My Irish Grandmother ploughed her Alberta ranchland with a sulky plough and team during "the depression." She would leave the latest baby (of eleven) in a basket perched atop a nearby furrow. After ploughing up and back it was time to check the baby. If the baby fussed my grandmother would sing "Danny Boy" to it. My mother also loves this song and was recently very ill. I was moved to take Percy Grainger's setting of the folk theme and arrange it myself for string octet, or string orchestra, to celebrate my mother's return to good health....
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
PDF file (score & parts) of "Air from County Derry" for string octet or string orchestra click pix below⇓:
You are welcome to play and perform "Air From County Derry".You need double strings and either two celli, or one cello and one contra bass. If you perform it where fees are charged to the public, please log Percy Grainger and myself, Brent Straughan, as arrangers. The performing rights society which administers royalties for me is "socan" in Canada.
If you really want to hear it, I can make "midi machines" "play" it for you via quicktime, but you can certainly do much better yourselves....⇒
By "popular demand"... here is a Soprano (high C#) version of "Danny Boy" with the String Octet at the end...click on the beautiful soprano for parts and score....