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Settings of Irish Country Songs

By Marjo Tal

Vocal music
Voice and instrument(s) (voice fl vc pf)
14 minutes
published score
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Four settings of Irish country songs : for voice, flute or treble recorder, violoncello or viola da gamba, piano or harpsichord

1. Róisín dubh = Little black rose. Words by Thomas Furlong

2. Róisín dubh = Little black rose (different version) words by Thomas Furlong

3. The gallows tree

4. Savourneen deelish = And my dear devoted words by George Colman (1762-1836)

5. Shule agra = Walk my love

About Marjo Tal

(01/15/1915 - 08/27/2006)
Marjo Tal

Marjo Tal shunned publicity and rarely gave interviews. As a composer and a pianist she was solely concerned with creating and recreating music, and was subservient to this her entire life. The few magazine articles about her published through the years reveal her passionate and self-conscious artistry. Sparse photographic material shows a beautiful woman with sensual and melancholic features. Tal survived the war underground. Her career as a pianist peaked in the mid 1960s and she then focused more on composing. At the end of her life she emigrated to Israel.

by Esther Blom