The Seas Are Deep waltz

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

The Seas Are Deep has been added to 1 tune set.

The Seas Are Deep has been added to 9 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: The Seas Are Deep
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
|:A|A^c d3e|fe d3e|fe d2 A>G|F>D D3:||
|:A|BB AG A^c|d^c d2 AF|DD F2 G>F|DD D3:||
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2
X: 2
T: The Seas Are Deep
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:B|B^d e3f|gf e3f|gf e2 B>A|G>E E3:||
|:B|cc BA B^d|e^d e2 BG|EE G2 A>G|EE E3:||
# Added by JACKB .

Five comments

Re: The Seas Are Deep

I really don’t know how Carolan evokes the deepness of the sea, but this strange tune does that. Donal O’Sullivan’s book on Carolan reports that this tune is not by him for certain.

Re: The Seas Are Deep

More of a slow air than a waltz. I’d say played quite slowly it evokes a very good sea atmosphere. I hope Carolan is the composer as it’s worthy of him (but perhaps it’s atypical!).

Re: The Seas Are Deep

THIS AIR MUST BE PLAYED SLOWLY. Beautiful, beautiful Irish tune, just makes you feel the deep sea. Dates back to the 18th century at least - but possibly far older. It MAY be by Turlough O’Carolan, the blind harper (17th to 18th century). Not a hard tune to play on a stringed instrument. Best on harp tho.

Numerous recordings.

Re: The Seas Are Deep

Tune ought to be played slowly and eerily (predates the WALTZ). This is a truly amazing tune dating back AT LEAST to the 18th century. Possibly by Carolan (17th to 18th cent.) but unlike anything else he’s written. Plenty of sea around Ireland. I play this on fiddle and it’s better starting low so that the lowest notes are on the G string. Quite probably played on harp in Ireland long ago!