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Ireland, John: Forgotten Rite, The and Mai-Dun

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The Forgotten Rite, written in 1913, was Ireland’s first mature work for full orchestra; Mai-Dun, written in 1920-21, the largest work without solo instrument. Ireland left no clue as to the precise nature of the primitive ritual embodied in The Forgotten Rite; but like his piano piece ‘The Scarlet Ceremonies’ it was probably suggested by the writings of Arthur Machen. The virile writing for orchestra in Mai-Dun owes much to the practical experience gained when Ireland was a pupil of ‘that great man, Stanford’ at the Royal College of Music.

Orchestral material available for rental (Ref. HL107 and HL109).

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