Publication's Style: Soft Cover Score and Parts
Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
General Description: Flute and Guitar Duets
Regrets, Tears, and Blarney is a setting of three traditional tunes from the British Isles for flute and guitar. It was commissioned by, and is dedicated to Two Part Invention. (Nora Suggs - flute and John Arnold - guitar)
House Carpenter, also known as the Daemon Lover, is a ballad about the wife of a builder who is persuaded to abandon her husband and children to roam the seas with a ghostly ship captain. After a short time, she regrets her decision but finds it is too late, for the ship sinks and she and the captain are condemned. The music expresses the driving feeling of fleeing from faithfulness and conscience, further tormented by the relentless restlessness of the sea.
Geordie is a Scottish/English ballad in which a gentleman named Geordie, who is of noble birth, is to be hanged for the theft of sixteen of the king's royal deer. The song's story is told by his sweetheart (wife) as she sheds tears of lamentation. The opening theme portrays the sorrow of Geordie's sweetheart, who pleads for his pardon. The traditional tune enters next and later both are combined into a sad lament.
The Leprechaun is a rollicking jig full of laughter and blarney (blarney is flattery designed to gain favor). Tricks and jokes such as rhythm-stopping fermatas and major/minor juxtapositions add to the playful nature of the music.