Be Thou My Vision (Slane) — brass quintet

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The original Old Irish text of “Be Thou My Vision” — “Rop tu mo baile” — is thought to have been written by the early Christian Irish poet Dallan Forgaill (c. 530-598), and had been a part of Irish monastic tradition for centuries before its setting to music. In 1919, the lyrics, translated to English and into verse, were set to the tune of the Irish folk tune “Slane.” The tune is named for a hill in County Meath, Ireland, where St. Patrick’s lighting of an Easter fire in defiance of the 5th-century pagan king Loegaire led to his unlimited freedom to preach the gospel in Ireland.

Dedicated to and in memory of Jack Noble White — choirmaster, organist, composer, friend and mentor.

©Copyright 2014 Todd Marchand / Con Spirito Music

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