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No, not the major O’Neill’s collections, but a question about keys.
I’m pretty sure this has been discussed before - so, if a tune is listed as being in the key of Amixolydian (eg Tom Billy’s Jig), then the key sig would have 2 sharps, C# & F#.
Now, suppose you are clearly hearing a G# in the tune, in an ornament, for example. Is the tune really in A major?
What are the official / unoffical rules for notating tunes like these?
I’m thinking about fiddle here mainly. If you listen to the De Danaan recording of this, where Frankie Gavin takes the lead on the melody, you can clearly hear the G#, right on the first roll, and all the way through the rest of the tune - it’s very "crisped".
On other recordings by diferent players, the G# is not so obvious - fluffed, for want of a better word. Or not heard at all.
I’m curious, because this sort of thing is cropping up in my own compositions, which I won’t bore you with here.
What’s the consensus on the "rules"?