She Moved Through the Fair

VERSION FOR SOLO VOICE (OR UNISON CHOIR) AND STRING ORCHESTRA

Instrumentation

 

Solo Voice (or Unison Choir)

Violin 1, 2, 3, 4
Viola I, II
Cello I, II
Contrabass

 

Program Notes

The cryptic lyrics of the traditional Irish folk song “She Moved Through the Fair” can be traced to an ancient ballad from Donegal titled “Once I had a true love.” The hauntingly beautiful melody dates back to the Middle Ages. In this imaginative arrangement for solo voice and string orchestra, the accompaniment paints a vivid musical picture of the heartfelt story, as told by the vocal soloist.