The Irish composer Sir Charles Stanford juxtaposed two traditional Irish airs, St. Patrick's Breastplate and Deidre, to form the Trinity Sunday hymn "I bind unto myself today." In the present adaptation of these tunes however, the two are superposed, Deidre forming a descant to St. Paddy. This is one of three Irish folk tune settings St. Pierre has made available to the ARS through this website (others are Salix Gardens and The Moreen). All three make minimal technical demands on players. Duration: 1:30
Playing on the recording here are Scott Paterson (S), Takayo Shimoda (A), Janos Ungvary (T), and the composer (B).
-- Anthony St. Pierre
A beautiful and engaging arrangement of two lyrical Irish tunes, one cleverly overlaid above the other. Easy in all parts except for some high notes in the Soprano; Sopranino would also work on the top line, as the part fits without any alterations. This arrangement would do very well at a casual playing session or ARS chapter meeting, it is very approachable, sonorous, and easy reading. The two melodies, in the Soprano and Alto, are beautiful by themselves and could be played alone before launching into the full arrangement.