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Irish Suite

Five Irish dances for cajon ensemble in four voices.
by Torsten Pfeffer
intermediate level
five pieces
duration approx. 16'
fingerings
stable binding
40 pages, full score
English / German
EUR 15,00

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General Information
A highlight of ensemble-playing!
The Irish Suite for cajon ensemble deals with the musical peculiarities of the most important irish dances.
The melodic and rhythmic qualities of the march, double jig, slide & polka, reel and hornpipe are transferred to the cajon in five movements and arranged for four players. Each voice serves a different level. So every student can find something. The movements of the suite can be performed in the given order or separately.
 
Content
March
Double Jig
Slide & Polka
Reel
Hornpipe
 
Instrumentation
The suite has been designed for the following instruments:

I voice: Cuban cajinto with or without snare-effect
II voice: Peruvian cajon without snare-effect
III voice: Peruvian cajon with snare-effect
IV voice: Cuban bass-cajon
(This setting is not obligatory and can be adapted to whatever instrumental circumstances.)
 
Author's Comment
There are so many fascinating music cultures out there! This collection is a result of my research in the field of Irish folklore, in particular the dance music. I tried to transfer the regional traditional way of dealing with music, their rhythmic of melody and dance, the special phrasing and articulation they use as well as the structure of their pieces to a cajon ensemble. This way I would like to give the player an immediate impression of the musical language of Ireland, along with some options of how to adapt these experiences to something new. So it’s all about extracting cultural peculiarities to enrich the own musical understanding. What a refreshing thing to do!
- Torsten Pfeffer -