On "Dilín ó Deamhas" - (2018)   

for piano


A traditional Irish tune has the lyrics, "Dilín ó deamhas ó deamhas / Dilín ó deamhas ó dí / Dilín ó deamhas ó deamhas ó deamhas ó / Dilín ó deamhas ó dí" and from the Gaelic is sometimes translated as "Little darling, oh angel, oh angel, little darling, oh angel, oh darling...."  The opening word is of two parts, "Díl" as term of endearment, and suffix "ín" meaning "small" or young, while "deamhas" is "angel."  The tune is repeated with varying, sparse counterpoint and then restated as a fugato for the joy of it. As a pentatonic melody the "black keys" of G flat major was chosen.


3 pages, circa 3' 00" - an MP3 demo is here: 


The score is available as a free PDF download, though any major commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this piano score.


On "Dilín ó Deamhas"