Three Irish Folksong Settings




For voice and flute
Solo voice and up to 8 players



Solo voice and up to 8 players


voice and flute


10 minutes

commissioned by


Robert White, tenor, and Lisa Hansen, flute; Town Hall, New York, NY (June 18, 1988)

Program note

In 1982, I composed Pied Piper Fantasy for flute and orchestra, a piece with stage action, inspired by the virtuosity of James Galway on the flute and the tin whistle. That was a fairy-tale work, bubbling with the humorous, sometimes sardonic personality of Mr. Galway himself. Six years later, I tried to explore the more poetic side of Irish flute music in these settings of folk or folk-like texts by W.B. Yeats, Padraic Colum and an anonymous author.

– John Corigliano

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