on Thomas Moores The Minstrel Boy,
this work uses the full gamut of styles and
techniques, from bagpipe drones to lyrical
playing and even fiddle music. The work is
composed of three variations that run together
seamlessly. The first variation has an Irish
sound to it and makes use of the entire tune.
The second, lyrical section is absolutely
beautiful and offers an opportunity for working
on musicianship and phrasing without overextending
the group technically. The final section is
reminiscent of fiddle music and takes the
audience on a thrill ride that builds to a
glorious conclusion. A wonderful piece to
showcase your group!