A Little Light Meitheal (2019)
for Trad Orchestra, by Anne-Marie O’Farrell
This suite for traditional orchestra was compiled for the Meitheal Summer School of 2019,
and comprises five tunes: Máirseáil Luimní was composed during the composer’s residency
in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, while Port na gCailligh was written in honour of the
wise woman or cailleach of Killnaboy in Co. Clare, Mariah Curtis. Air for Margaret is a fond
remembrance of Margaret Gaffney, known by many for her friendship in music and her support
of young musicians. Waltz and Polka complete the work on a lighthearted note, providing
young players with new traditional tunes for their sessions as well as for ensemble playing.
Bowing and tongueing directions are omitted from the score in keeping with traditional style
performance practice. Ornaments may be added to those given, provided the entire section is
playing in precise unison. The work is designed for use with players who learn by ear.
The composer may be contacted at amofharp@gmailcom or via her website
www.annemarieofarrell.com to obtain audio files.
A Little Light Meitheal’ received its premiere on 26th July 2019 at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, Limerick, by the Limerick Meitheal Orchestra conducted by the composer. Subsequent performances took place on 27th July 2019 in Glór, Ennis by the Ennis Meitheal Orchestra, and at the All-Ireland Fleadh in Drogheda’s Barbican Theatre performed by the combined Meitheal orchestras conducted by the composer.