This was written by Dublin born composer Michael William Balfe,
for his opera ‘The Bohemian Girl’, in 1843.
He wrote it as an aria, but it also makes a great waltz. It’s written out in Bb, but you can
transpose it to a key that works for your instrument.
Bowdlerised. Though Bowlerised will do for this, I suppose …
My humble apologies one and all…
It seems my latest tune post has offended some here.
It was not my intention to do so, but I seem to have a
knack for pushing people’s buttons (unintentionally).
I’ve known this tune/piece since the early 80’s, long before
Enya had her way with it and turned it into the equivalent of
New-Age elevator music. I was attracted to it because it
has a haunting melody and a sort of timelessness to it.
Upon researching it and finding it was written almost
167 years ago by an Irish composer, I thought it a good candidate to post on the session.
WHAT WAS I THINKING??? I ask myself after it’s too late to get a mulligan…
My only intent was to post a what I thought to be a hauntingly beautiful melody, of Irish origin.
To remedy this, I ask Jeremy to delete my latest tune post if he finds it truly offensive or inappropriate.
In the future to avoid repeats of my "it seemed like a good idea
at the time" senior moments, I shall self-police my future tune posts by first sending them to several of the session ‘elders’ off-session to get their approval and agreement on the submission before posting.
Again, my apologies to any I might have offended.
I leave to go spend Christmas with family to the south.
A happy Christmas to all.
Re: mea culpa
Not offensive. Just totally inappropriate. I myself always been partial to John Field’s nocturnes. I’ve known some of them for decades. Should I post them here? Not really.
This site, as far as I understand, is for Irish Traditional Music. It’s been expanded and expanded, and all sorts finds its way in here - Cape Breton, Scottish, Welsh, English etc etc But still, trad is trad. And opera is opera.
And a Happy Christmas to you too.
Re: mea culpa
My god some of you guys take this all a bit too seriously. Chill out people, it’s Christmas.
The question I always ask myself before posting any tune here [ apart from responding to the occasional request ] is, "What would the reaction be if I started off this tune in a pub session in Co. Clare ?". I think that’s a pretty good starting point. I’m not sure this tune would pass that test - but there are certainly more inappropriate tunes posted here than this.
And yes - some of us here do take traditional music seriously. No apology for that.
Happy Christmas, fiddlerdan.
Hey, just found this tune I like it, and furthermore, I’m going to play it!!
Getting a Handel on it …
I think I’m going to post the Hallelujah Chorus. That’s of Irish origin.
What’s wrong with this tune being posted? It’s nice. It’s played by dance/ceili bands as part of waltz sets. Other tunes by Balfe are played in sessions/by trad musicians: eg Believe me if all those Endearing Young Charms, The Galop. A browse through Kerr’s Merry Melodies books 1-4 will reveal loads of stuff like this. Traditional musicians were expected to know and play these tunes. The waltz format per se is nothing to do with ITM, it was added for dancing.
A strictly trad site would not even have a waltz section!
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