ni Riain, Ailis

About the work

Sealan is an Irish language word which means ‘noose.  It is pronounced as ‘say lawn’.

I was interested in composing a long line which would pass between the instruments; where each would comment and re-interpret in their respective range leading to a moment of stasis and uncertainty as if each is weighing up its options before unleashing a layered and more expanded version of the original line. The title is an Irish word meaning ‘hangman’s noose’ which I’ve interpreted here as something which catches you by the throat, something to be said or maybe held back and the repercussions of both.


Commissioned by CoMA with funds from the Performing Rights Society Foundation and subscriber to CoMA’s commissioning and Friends of CoMA schemes.


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score & parts


Sample score



5m 00s




Flexible Ensemble with Keyboard
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