Tunes in more than 2 octaves (B6<t<G3)

Tunes in more than 2 octaves (B6<t<G3)

Earlier today I heard a recording of Matt Molloy playing the Japanese Hornpipe and found it quite notable that he was playing so much up in that 3rd octave. I think this is the first tune I’ve seen going up that high, higher than a B6 or certainly C6.

This got me wondering and, inspired by the recent discussion on tunes with more than 2 parts, I thought I’d ask if anyone knows many tunes that make use of 3 octaves.

I know a few that go down below D4 and require some working around on a high D whistle (The Strayaway Child, The Humours of Lissadell) but might there be anything that goes down below the range of the fiddle, to F3 or lower?

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Reel Beatrice goes from B3 to C6, not quite to F3 but still over 3 octaves.

I expect Farewell to Erin to have 3 octaves in there too.

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Yes, Boyen, beat me to it! Farewell to Erin occurred to me on my walk home.

Meant to clarify my question, it broaden it rather, I think I’m mostly interested in tunes in the extreme parts of their registers.

So tunes in 2 or even 1 octave could also be of interest of they get very high or very low.

Many thanks

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The Mathematician from James Scott Skinner has more than two octaves, but i wouldn’t count this tune as standard session tune.

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John Hill, I just tried Master Crowley’s Reel on the mandolin, it jumps from low ’A ’on the G string to high ‘a’ on the e string so that might be of interest to you.

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Tunes by Ed Reavy often visit 3 different octaves, e.g. Johnny McGoohan’s or Maudabawn chapel.

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There are lots of tunes that go as low as the low G on the fiddle. Maybe they don’t cover three full octaves. The first four should be common enough. The others, possibly not.

The Galway reel - https://thesession.org/tunes/613
Never was Piping so Gay - https://thesession.org/tunes/648
Maudabawn Chapel - https://thesession.org/tunes/302
Martin Wynne’s #4 - https://thesession.org/tunes/450

Northern Lights - http://www.norbeck.nu/abc/display.asp?rhythm=reel&ref=781
Larmor Plage - https://thesession.org/tunes/9876
The Copper Beach - https://thesession.org/tunes/4035

(Reel Beatrice is a Gm tune for me.)

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Lower than the range of the fiddle? I don’t think that happens much in Irish Tradional Music. If that happens, it is because big accordions are playing tunes in other keys, that is my guessing.

Check this one out, lovely tune indeed, one of my all time favourites:

Tripping Down The Stairs (reel)
https://thesession.org/tunes/760

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Ah, how could I forget that one! Thanks, Fernando.