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An Irish Blessing

First line:
May the road rise to meet you
commissioned by Tessa Forbes for Rydes Hill School, Guildford, on the occasion of the school’s Diamond Jubilee in 2005
author of text
traditional Gaelic blessing

The gentle, lilting melody for these much-loved words was composed by my wife, Joanna. My setting of it begins in unison and builds to a fuller choral texture, while an optional flute part can add a folk-like quality. The piece works as well for weddings and leaving celebrations as it does in concert or for church services.

from notes by Alexander L'Estrange © 2016


L'Estrange: On eagles' wings & other sacred music
Studio Master: SIGCD454Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 16 on SIGCD454 [3'56] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD454 track 16

Recording date
17 April 2015
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Nicholas Parker
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor
Hyperion usage
  1. L'Estrange: On eagles' wings & other sacred music (SIGCD454)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: April 2016
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