Performed Adaptation

As part of this unit you must submit one performed adaptation of music from a local or global context for your own instrument

Maximum of 2 minutes for the performance and 1 minute for the stimulus material

Check out some of the examples below

Joy of Life Trout in the Bath performance 17 Nov 2020 Including Audio Mix.mp4

Joy of Life/Trout in the Bath

Joy of Life/ Trout in The Bath’ is an example of an Irish Jig.

Jigs are a type of Irish dance music, which are usually characterised by certain musical features like;

  • Compound time signatures (commonly 6/8 )

  • Binary structures - which tend to alternate (ABAB)

  • Repetitive and ornamented melodies; usually played fast with small intervals

  • Rather simplistic harmony/ chordal accompaniment (sometimes including pedal notes).

Irish Jigs developed in late 16th Century England and were then taken in by many countries of Mainland Europe. They were originally used to accompany dance so their primary purpose would be for movement and entertainment as well as listening/ performance for pleasure. Most performances would take place in various types of social venues that vary in size.

'Joy of life' is a modified version of ‘The Carraroe’ Irish jig and 'Trout in the Bath' is based on ‘The Morrison’ jig. These two jigs were then modified and put together by The Corrs, a pop band from Ireland who mixed traditional Irish music with modern mainstream pop.

When performing this piece we hope to successfully show the musical elements used in typical Irish jigs. A fiddle (violin) or Irish flute usually plays the melody. In our adaptation, you will hear a fast melody played on an Irish flute keyboard patch instead. Accompanying will be piano, guitar, bass and drums (low tom drum instead of a traditional Irish bodhran drum).

The above written portion is an edit of the accompanying programme notes, which must also be submitted. This programme is an edit from three year 12 students.