The Wind that Shakes the Barley (SATB)

Text Author: Robert Dwyer Joyce

Arranger: Laurie A. Betts Hughes

2008 Walton Music

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Item #: WSZ101     Status: Available

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Vocal Forces: SATB

Separate Instruments: Harp

Music Source: Folksong

Series: Zielke

Difficulty Level: E/M


This is the ballad of a young Wexford rebel facing the 1798 uproar in Ireland. His life changes while spending a few last moments with his true love before joining the rebellion. Rebels carried barley oats as provisions which later grew in unexpected places, indicating the unmarked mass graves for slain rebels in Ireland. With piano or harp, this is a lovely and haunting piece unforgettable for singers and audiences.

Number of Pages: 12

Language: English