Status: Usually despatched within 7 working days
Instrumentation: Symphonic Band (full score)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes (New York)
This gentle piece has a lush Irish feel, and is inspired by a poem from an old Irish blessing that is inclued for optional narrator. "When the storms break for him, may the trees shake for him their blossoms down. And in the night that he is troubled, may a friend wake for him so that his time be doubled. And at the end of all loving and love, may the lord above give him a crown". Lower-voiced instruments play the rich "piper's drone" while the melody floats among the sections, encouraging beautiful tone production and sensitive playing. Rich ensemble scoring and selective meter changes bring the work to a serene yet powerful conclusion.
"My daughter plays this peice of music accompnaied by a pipe organ only and every time that I hear it I find a tear welling in the corner of my eye. It is indeed a haunting piece of music. "
Rating: 12/08/2003 By: Stephanie Gray
"I am currently playing this piece in the St. Croix County Music Educaters Association Honor Band and this is one of the most wonderfull pieces I have ever heard. I am truly honored to be able to play this fine piece of literature."
Rating: 09/01/2004 By: Ben Blanchard
"I played this piece at the 2006 Kentucky All-State band convention, and it is one of my favorites. I found it so heart-tugging and beautiful that I could not play the music without crying."
"I love this piece! I'm a part of the school band and we played it in class today: I completely melted..."
Rating: 21/12/2006 By: Naomi