for fiddle, violin and guitar with string orchestra or chamber orchestra.
Duration: 25 mins.
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‘Music for the Departed’ was originally commissioned in 2005 for the Masters of Tradition Festival in Bantry. Premiered in 2006 as a trio for Irish fiddle, violin and guitar, it has since been arranged for several different combinations including orchestral versions.The piece is a description in music of the grieving process, dedicated to the memories of my mother Joan Jennings and my aunt Catherine Flynn, both of whom died long before their time.
There are seven connected movements. Each one is based on a new tune I composed to echo the seven stages of the grieving process. Grief, Shock, Anger, Tears, Nostalgia, Determination and Celebration. Just like the grieving process, this piece involves a long difficult journey, yet it ends in joyous celebration of the lives of the deceased.