Anúna - "Home and the Heartland" (Riverdance, 1995)




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Published on Mar 20, 2012

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From the original Riverdance Show (1995).
* Music written and arranged by Bill Whelan
* Soloist is Katie McMahon

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Michael McGlynn Blog:

High in the sky,
Through the clouds and rain,
Every familiar field,
Seems like an old friend,
When every hand that you shake,
Is like a warm embrace,
Could only be one sweet place,
Home and the Heartland.

Sing out your songs,
And ring out your stories and rhymes,
Weave from your dreams,
The mystical dances that lead us to
Bind in heart and mind.

As we circle the world,
With our wandering airs,
Gathering here and there,
Leaving behind our share,
Like the leaves in the wind,
They are blown along,
Melodies rising from,
Home and the Heartland.

Sing out your songs,
And ring out your stories and rhymes,
Weave from your dreams,
The mystical dances that lead us to
Bind in heart and mind.

In 1987 Dublin composer Michael McGlynn founded ANÚNA. The name derives from the collective term for the three ancient types of Celtic music, Suantraí (lullaby), Geantraí (happy song) and Goltraí (lament). One of the choir's stated aims is to explore and redefine this music. Anúna is a Dublin-based a cappella choir that performs with between eleven and fourteen singers. The group is directed by Michael McGlynn and his twin brother John.

Most of the material they perform is written or arranged specifically for the group by Michael McGlynn. He has reconstructed and arranged a substantial amount of medieval Irish music, which has been recorded by the group. McGlynn's choral arrangements are written specifically for their combination of classically trained singers and untrained voices. Anúna do not work with a conductor in performance, and move throughout the venue at different points in concert.

Anúna dispels any pre-conceived ideas about Irish music and choral music performance. An Anúna concert is a true show, a combination of movement, elegant costume, candles and ethereal and haunting music sung in a unique way. This has gained the choir a justified reputation for the quality of the singers natural voices. Together with relaxed introductions by the director and other singers, Anúnas style of presentation allows anyone of any musical persuasion to appreciate their performance despite the esoteric nature of their material.


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