Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Lá Bealtaine 2009

Lá Bealtaine is the traditional Celtic celebration of May Day.

I have adapted phrases from a Bealtaine ritual song that Maggi and I wrote together for our book, The Measure of the Year: Singing Through the Seasons

This is an unusual canon in that the intervals of imitation change halfway through. For the first half, each following voice imitates a step lower. Beginning with the upper voice in measure six, each following voice imitates a step higher.

The title, Dlí Bealtaine is Gaeilge (Irish) for Beltane Canon.

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