An arrangement for String Quartet with optional Violin 3
Running time: 2 min 30
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About the piece
“Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling,
From glen to glen, and down the mountainside,
The summer’s gone, and all the roses falling,
It’s you, it’s you and I must bide.”
These famous words were written by Fred Weatherley in 1910 to a different tune than the one used here (the one which most people recognise) After being introduced to the melody “Londonderry Air”, that is thought to have been collected in the mid 19th century by a Jane Ross of Limavady after she heard it sung by a musician who she encountered, Fred rewrote his words to fit them to this new
melody and ‘Danny Boy’ as we know it was published in 1913.
The arrangement I have done here is a fairly simple string quartet arrangement in G Major, with the tune beginning in the first violin. It is then passed around, most notably to the cello in the middle section.
I have included an optional violin 3 part in case there is no viola. This optional part is not quite the same as the viola part because of the low notes being unavailable to the violinist and it changes the overall sound of the music but it is important to include it and it in no way detracts from the arrangement as a whole.
I have rated this arrangement as being of moderate standard because the cello tune rises quite high and there are some rhythm pick ups that may be a little tricky for complete beginners.
The recording I have made of this piece is the string quartet version with the viola.