Oft In The Stilly Night march

Also known as The Stilly Night.

There are 7 recordings of this tune.

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Oft In The Stilly Night has been added to 3 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Oft In The Stilly Night
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
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Four comments

Oft In The Stilly Night

From “Flowers of Irish Melody”, Belfast 1848.

Oft in the stilly night,
Ere slumber’s chain has bound me,
Fond mem’ry brings the light
Of other days around me:
The smiles, the tears,
Of boyhood years,
The words of love then spoken;
The eyes that shone,
Now dimm’d and gone;
The cheerful hearts now broken!
Thus in the stilly night,
Ere slumber’s chain has bound me,
Sad mem’ry brings the light
of other days around me

When I remember all
The friends so link’d together
I’ve seen around me fall,
Like leaves in wint’ry weather;
I feel like one who treads alone
Some banquet-hall deserted;
Whose lights are fled,
whose garland’s dead,
And all but he departed!
Thus in the stilly night &c.

Re: Oft In The Stilly Night

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Re: Oft In The Stilly Night

The lyrics were written by Thomas Moore (1779-1852) and have a subtitle, “Scotch Air”. The tune was popular in the late 18th/early 19th centuries in Scotland (under the names “Oft in the Stilly Night” and “The Stilly Night”) and, I assume, in Ireland too.

Re: Oft In The Stilly Night

I am a ‘learning’ violinist and my comments are just my feelings and observations regarding this melody. It is a poem from the Irish poet/writer Thomas Moore. It is very melancholy and reflective of a life in its autumn. This melody is presented as a reel. I will post a link to a violin recording by Geraldine O’Grady, an Irish violinist. Her rendition is the epitome of what Thomas Moore meant. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytsuS9iKaDc&list=PLACbTCaHmc5tNdsNnAH67BEZz10EGQ6-0&index=4. Please enjoy.