Hey everyone! This is my submission for Represent a Country 2012. As you can guess by the flag on the CD icon, I'm representing the United Kingdom. The title, "An Uair am Feill", is Scottish Gaelic for "the hour of the festival".
The piece derives its inspiration largely from ceilidh music. A ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee) is a Scots or Irish dance gathering. Since all the ceilidhs I've been to so far are Scottish, I'm drawing heavy influence from those. Although most ceilidh music tends to stick between 90-100 BPM, there is a particular dance called Strip the Willow, the music for which could go up to 140 BPM. Ceilidhs are, by their nature, festive, and always there is a cause for celebration.
The intro and ending bagpipes are reminiscent of what you'd hear in Scottish Highland dance. The one I was referencing in particular was the sword dance -- two swords are crossed on the floor to form a quadrant, and the person dances within the quadrant.
Full string backing (1st and 2nd violins, violas, celli and basses), solo violin, Celtic harp, piano (hints only), fretless bass, acoustic guitar, flute, ocarina, English horn, bassoon, bagpipes, percussions (triangle, drums, cymbals, sparklies-- I mean, chimes).
Phew. That's a long list 'innit?
EDIT 29.09.2012: The final results for RAC 7 are out, and this piece landed 4th place with 198 points. Thanks to all who listened, commented and voted!