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Program note from the score:

The title of this piece was inspired by the old Irish tale of the banshee. According to the legend, the banshee was a female spirit who foretold death in a household by wailing mournfully into the night air shortly before the actual event occurred.

Want to read more about the banshee? Check wikipedia.

About the composer: Dr. Roland Barrett is a professor of music theory at the University of Oklahoma. He has written over 100 original compositions that are performed all over the country.  He has his own website which is worth a look.

Listen to a recording of Flight of the Banshee at  Be sure to click on “Mp3 Audio” when you get there.