T: Aisling An Óigfhir
G>A|:B2 d>e dB|A2 G>E GA|B3 G B/A/G/A/|1G4 G>A:|2G4 d/e/f||
g2 gf f/e/d/f/|e2 dB d/e/f|g2 g>f ed|e3 e/f/ gf|
e2 dB e/d/B/A/|~G2 A/G/E/D/ ~G>A|B3 G B/A/G/A/|G4 G>A|]
Also known as Aislean An Óigfear, The Young Man’s Dream.
There are 2 recordings of this tune.
Aisling An Óigfhir has been added to 6 tunebooks.
This slow air first appeared in the Bunting Collection of 1796, and it has been argued that it is the tune from which Danny Boy/(London)Derry Air was derived. The version here is from O’Neill’s Music Of Ireland (#382), as “The Young Man’s Dream”. The Bunting version is very similar but a bit more convoluted with double notes, ornamentation etc. I note that The Young Man’s Dream is given as an alternative name for both The Last Rose Of Summer and Éamonn An Chnoic, but I fail to see any similarity whatsoever with this air.
Here is Ilse de Ziah with a lovely version on cello: