YOUNG BAND REPERTOIRE PROJECT
Literature Analyses


IRISH LEGENDS
Written by James Curnow


Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Year Published: 1994
Difficulty Level: Publisher rating = 1

1999-2002 Texas PML rating = Grade 1

Reviewed by: Albert Salinas - Spring 2000
Style/Form: Medley of three folk songs from Ireland: Intro (m.1-8); "Western Home" (m.9-45); "In Dublin's Fair City" (m.46-64); "I'll Tell Me Ma" (m.65-88)
Key Signatures:

(concert pitch)

Three flats 
Time Signatures: 3/4 (m.1-64); 4/4 (m.65-end) 
Ranges: Woodwinds
    Flute up to e-flat2, down to b-flat; Clarinet 1 up to c2, down to E; Clarinet 2 up to a, down to E; Oboe up to a-flat1, down to f-flat1; Alto Sax up to g1, down to e; Tenor Sax up to c2, down to e; Bari Sax up to c1, down to c; Bass Clarinet up to f, down to F; Bassoon up to e-flat, down to FF
Brass:
    Trumpet 1 up to e1, down to c; Trumpet 2 up to c1, down to c; Horn in F up to f1, down to A; Trombone up to c, down to E; Euphonium up to c, down to BB-flat; Tuba up to D-flat, down to BBB-flat
Rhythms: Winds:
    Level 2
Percussion:
    Level 2
Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet 1, Clarinet 2,  Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2,  Horn in F, Trombone,  Euphonium, Tuba, Bells/Triangle/Suspended Cymbal/Snare Drum, Timpani
Percussion: Bells, Triangle/Suspended Cymbal, Snare Drum, Timpani
Conductor Score: Full score
Length/Timing: 3 minutes, 10 seconds (83 measures)
Comments:
  • Each part has teaching materials which include the melody
  • Horn has demanding range (three high F's, including one entrance on a high F)
  • Score has numbered measures
  • Snare has important rhythmic ostinato
  • Piece is 83 measures long, but uses 5 sets of 1st- and 2nd-endings
  • Begins in 3/4; meter change to 4/4 at m.65 (to end)
  • Dynamics used are ff, f, mf, mp
  • Little use of accidentals, chromaticism

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