Mrs. Judge reel

Also known as Abigail Judge, Mrs Judge.

There are 11 recordings of a tune by this name.

Mrs. Judge has been added to 41 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Mrs. Judge
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
ED|B,2 E2 E2 G2|FGFE D2 B2|BAGF AGFE|D4 B,2B,2|
|E2F2 G2A2|BcBA G2e2|efg2 B2 g2|f4 e2e2|
|edB2 B2 e2|dedB G2B2|AGFG A2G2|F4 E2D2|
|B2G2 c2A2|d2B2 e2B2|cBAG BAGF|E4 E2:|
GA|B2B2 c2B2|BAGF G2d2|efg2 B2g2|efg2 B2g2|
|fga2 d2a2|gfge babg|dBde BABc|B4 B2g2|
|gfef g2f2|e3f e2dc|B2cB A2G2|G2F2 E2D2|
|EFGA B2e2|DEFG A2d2|BABG BAGF|E4 E2:|
M: 6/8
E/E/|EGB EGB|GA/G/F/E/ FB,B,|DdF EeB|GA/G/F/G/ E2:|
B/B/|Bdg Bdg|g/f/e/d/e/f/ gdB|cc/B/A/G/ AdD|BeE e2d|
e/d/B/d/e d/B/A/B/d|B/A/G/A/B/G/ AFD|E/F/GE F/G/AF|G/A/BB,E2:|
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X: 2
T: Mrs. Judge
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
ed|B2 E2 E2 G2|FGFE D2 B2|BAGF AGFE|D4 B2B2|
|E2F2 G2A2|BcBA G2e2|efg2 B2 g2|Tf4 e2d2|
|edB2 B2 e2|dedB G2B2|AGFG A2G2|F4 E2D2|
|B2G2 c2A2|d2B2 e2B2|cBAG BAGF|E4 E2:|
GA|B2B2 c2B2|BAGF G2d2|efg2 B2g2|efg2 B2g2|
|fga2 d2a2|gfge babe|dBde BABc|TB4 B2g2|
|gfef g2f2|e3f e2dc|B2cB A2G2|G2F2 E2D2|
|EFGA B2e2|DEFG A2d2|BABG BAGF|E4 E2:|
M: 6/8
|EGB EGB|GA/G/F/E/ FBB|DdF EeB|GA/G/F/G/ E2:|
|Bdg Bdg|g/f/e/d/e/f/ gdB|cc/B/A/G/ AdD|BeE e2d|
e/d/B/d/e d/B/A/B/d|B/A/G/A/B/G/ AFD|E/F/GE F/G/AF|G/A/BBE2:|
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Four comments

Mrs. Judge

I am aware that there is a tune by this name already listed in The Session’s database, but tat version only contains the first part of the tune, is listed as a hornpipe, and is transcribed in A minor. My transcription is in E minor and contains the tune in its entirety, as played by The Chieftains on their album Boil the Breakfast Early except without their usual ornamentation, so as to allow the player to ornament it as they will.
This tune was written by the illustrious Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738) for one of his many patronesses, the wife of one Thomas Judge of Grangeberg, County Westmeath. According to Boil the Breakfast Early’s sleeve notes, Ludwig von Beethoven himself had a hand at arranging this composition. Although it is listed as a reel this piece is really an air, and so therefore should be played at a slower speed than most dance-tunes of the same time signature. I play the tune, as The Chieftains do, with a sort of hornpipe-like swing in places (the reason, I assume, for the tune’s previous listing as a hornpipe), and when time signature changes to 6/8 towards the end I play it more or less straight like a jig. It’s pretty long for an Irish tune, but I think that it’s easy enough to play as well as a great composition, so for me the length is justified. Hope you enjoy it!

Has anyone got the dots for this last version?

My version

I play this tune on the pipes, so this is my pipes friendly version

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