Munster Heart waltz

Also known as Cremonea, Croí Muimhneach, Croidhe Mhumhan, Heart Of Munster, The Heart Of Munster.

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

Munster Heart has been added to 2 tune sets.

Munster Heart has been added to 14 tunebooks.

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Five settings

1
X: 1
T: Munster Heart
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|: EF |\
G2 B>A FG | E4 e/f/g | ed cB A>^G | A2 D2- DE/F/ |
GE BA FG | A2 D2 EF | G2 FE F^D | E4 :|
|: B^d |\
e2 e^d B/c/d | e4 AB | de d>B AG | F2 d2 G>A |
B2 cB A^G | A2 BA GF | GE AG FG | E4 :|
2
X: 2
T: Munster Heart
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|: AB |\
c2 dc Bc| A4 ab/c’/ | ag fe dc | d2 G2 AB |
c2 BA Bc | d2 G2 AB | c2 BA Bc | A4 :|
|: e^g |\
a2 a^g eg | a2 a2 de | =ga ge de | g2 g2 ^c>d |
e2 fe dc | d2 ed cB | c2 dc Bc | A4 :|
3
X: 3
T: Munster Heart
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|: EF |\
G2 BA FG | E4 ef/g/ | ed cB AG | A2 D2 EF |
G2 BA FG | A2 D2 EF | G2 FE FG | E4 :|
|: B^d |\
e2 e^d Bd | e2 e2 AB | de dB AB | d2 d2 ^G>A |
B2 cB AG | A2 BA GF | G2 AG FG | E4 :|
4
X: 4
T: Munster Heart
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|: AB |c2 dc Bc| A4 ab/c'/ | ag fe dc | d2 G2 AB |
c2 BA Bc | d2 G2 AB | c2 BA Bc | A4 :|
|: e^g |a2 a^g eg | a2 a2 de | =ga ge de | g2 g2 c>d |
e2 fe dc | d2 ed cB | c2 dc Bc | A4 :|
# Added by JACKB .
5
X: 5
T: Munster Heart
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|: EF |G2 AG FG| E4 ef/g/ | ed cB AG | A2 D2 EF |
G2 FE FG | A2 D2 EF | G2 FE FG | E4 :|
|: B^d |e2 e^d Bd | e2 e2 AB | =de dB AB | d2 d2 G>A |
B2 cB AG | A2 BA GF | G2 AG FG | E4 :|
# Added by JACKB .

Ten comments

"Croí Muimhneach" / "Munster Heart" / "The Heart of Munster" / "Cremonea" ~ C: Toirdhealbhach Ó Cearbhalláin

C: Turlough O’Carolan, 1670 - 1738

Here’s an A minor transcription followed by a direct transposition to E minor for comparison to what has been given here ~


X: 1
T: Croí Muimhneach
T: Cremonea
T: Munster Heart
T: Heart of Munster, The
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|: AB |\
c2 dc Bc| A4 ab/c’/ | ag fe dc | d2 G2 AB |
c2 BA Bc | d2 G2 AB | c2 BA Bc | A4 :|
|: e^g |\
a2 a^g eg | a2 a2 de | =ga ge de | g2 g2 ^c>d |
e2 fe dc | d2 ed cB | c2 dc Bc | A4 :|

K : Emin
|: EF |\
G2 BA FG | E4 ef/g/ | ed cB AG | A2 D2 EF |
G2 BA FG | A2 D2 EF | G2 FE FG | E4 :|
|: B^d |\
e2 e^d Bd | e2 e2 AB | de dB AB | d2 d2 ^G>A |
B2 cB AG | A2 BA GF | G2 AG FG | E4 :|

Here are a couple of takes via YouTube ~

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEvU-um1lHo


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAoDarSw-Fk


And more dots ~
http://www.oldmusicproject.com/
http://www.oldmusicproject.com/OCC.html
http://www.oldmusicproject.com/occ/tunes.html
http://www.oldmusicproject.com/AAOCC/Gif192-214/192-Cremonea.gif

http://www.sibeliusmusic.com/index.php?sm=home.score&scoreID=63370

I think of this more in line of a ‘lament’, not rushed, definitely not a waltz, something more contemplative. Curiously, thought that may just be the quirky wiring in my head, it reminded me of a slow Hungarian/Transylvanian czardas when I first heard it… Some play it ridiculously slow and erratic, others, more sadly, steam through it…

K: Amin ~ | g2 g2 ^c>d | ~ & K: Emin ~ | d2 d2 ^G>A | ~

The raised 3rd, the B-part, bar 4, 3rd beat, in the A minor version and the transposition to E minor, c# & G# respectively, has never agreed with me. Unfortunately I hadn’t my copy of Donal O’Sullivan’s "The Complete Works of Turlough O’Carolan" to check the first ABCs against, ABCs which exist in several instances online, as notated here, supposedly with the source notes taken from this collection, see links above … Personally, wherever it started, I think the raised third is a mistake and play them as merely c or G respectively, rather than sharp…

Duplication ~

Good catch, the identical tune, as already linked to, and with ABCs, but this time not given with that damned c# ( ^c ) but an indication for a roll? ~ still weird… 😏

And this one, this is the homepage and steps through to your link ~
http://www.irishpage.com/
Carolan’s Tunes as numbered and published by Donal O’Sullivan
http://www.irishpage.com/songs/carolan/carolmid.htm
Cremonea / The Heart of Munster
http://www.irishpage.com/songs/carolan/cremonea.htm

Curiously, various ABCs of this floating about have given that bar with the ^ instead of ~ … The first meaning ‘#’ (sharp) and the second representing ‘roll’… So it was a screw up, as suspected…

Thanks for clearing that up david… I miss our library that and other O’Carolan and early harp music is in…

Re: Munster Heart

Waltz? The waltz evolved in the 18th century. Carolan was alive in the late 17th - early 18th century, nobody was waltzing in Ireland at that time. It’s a lament.
Re the sharp in part B: in the "A minor" version, it’s an F#. That’s because it’s not in A minor, it’s in the Dorian mode of G major, therefore the F#. Note how the chords switch between A minor & G major, with a C major in part B.

Re: Munster Heart

Nobody said it was a waltz, Stephen. I’ll state, yet again, for the uninitiated, that because this site has no category for airs, slow tunes in 3/4 are often put in the waltz category to get the correct time signature.

You can be picky about the mode, though I would point out that a lot of people will say "minor" when the scale has a minor third, irrespective of what’s happening with the sixth and seventh. There is also a not insignificant minority who prefer to write things out in either Aeolian or Ionian and then use accidentals for Dorian or Mixolydian, respectively. I think it probably comes from the classical world.

Re: Munster Heart

Seems curious, somehow, that a site devoted to Irish music has no category for airs. Anyway, it’s my understanding that in medieval times the Kingdom of Munster was the southern third of Ireland, and was an important seat of knowledge in Europe. Perhaps Carolan wrote this as a lament for the past, before England took over? That’s how I like to see it. I play in a quartet (flute, cittern, guitar, cello), and that’s how I introduce it.
I’ve never actually seen it written in G major, it just seems most logical to me, and explains the F# some have difficulty with. Plenty of Celtic music goes up and down a whole tone between major & minor keys, and can be written down in either key. A minor with an F# is an interesting scale… That’s just theory, anyway, reality is playing the tune.