Three Fairy Songs for solo flute

Jon Corelis

About this work:

PROGRAM NOTE: Fairy music, wrote folklorist Redfern Mason in his The Song Lore of Ireland, “is music of a perilous fascination for mortals. He refers to “its delicate aroma, and says that it has also about it “something dreamy and hallucinatory, as though the notes were of ivory or mother-of-pearl. "

This composition attempts to capture something of those qualities by interweaving passages original with the composer with adaptations of airs considered in Irish folk traditions to be fairy music. The first of these is adapted from a fiddle tune printed with the title “The Fairy Reel in the April 1904 issue of The Journal of the Irish Folk Song Society; the other two are variations on airs included in Mason's book with the titles “Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and “The Song of Oonagh. “

PERFORMANCE NOTE: Rehearsal marks have been used to indicate the alternating passages of original composition (A-B, C-D, E-F) and those adapted from the airs mentioned (B-C, D-E, F-end.) Though the piece may be performed as written, the composer offers the following suggested possibilities.  The former passages may be performed as freely as wanted,with embellishments and even improvised additions ad lib. The latter passasges should be performed closer to as written, but minor ornament such as grace notes or trills may be added sparingly ad lib. Fairy bands according to tradition fade away with dawn; the long diminuendo at the end is meant to suggest this. 

The sound file was created with software as a demo. 


I’d be willing to work with performers to revise this composition to better meet their performance needs.  I can be contacted via my permissions page,  link below.

Please note that while this composition is partly based on  traditional melodies in the public domain,this adaptation of them is  an original creative work under copyright.  For performance permission, please see my permissions page.



Version: 20 September 2019
Year composed: 2019
Duration: 00:03:40
Ensemble type: Solo instrument, non-keyboard:Flute
Instrumentation: 1 Flute

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