Splendid Isolation

Edited: April 17, 2020, 4:15 PM · "Splendid Isolation". In the present Covid-19 situation what better name than this for an Irish fiddle tune! It was composed back in the '70s and is performed here, http://youtu.be/d9xnvijV7Y4, by the composer Brendan McGlinchey himself.

On the Irish music website thesession.org/tunes/200 there are 11 versions of the sheet music (about par for the course!) which can be downloaded and printed without charge. Version 7 apparently comes fairly close to what McGlinchey plays in the video, but note that he used his "composer's privilege" to play the tune first as a thoughtful slow air before seguing into the quick reel.

The story about the genesis of the tune is that Brendan was in Dublin airport waiting for a plane to take him back to London. He was tired and depressed after a trip to Ireland that hadn't gone as well as expected, and the tune just happened.

Many years ago I was at an Irish music workshop in Ireland with Brendan McGlinchey as the tutor, very good he was, too. Afterwards I got to play in a session with him and other tutors, but, for the avoidance of doubt, I must make it quite clear that on that occasion my "playing" was "listening, watching, and learning" ;)


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Edited: April 18, 2020, 10:43 AM · Thanks so much Trevor. This is in line with a current exploration of how some fast music can sound amazing when played with variations of speed and phrasing. I will enjoy diving into this......
April 21, 2020, 6:22 PM · That's someone who really knows how to play!!!

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