I am aware that there is a tune by this name already listed in The Session’s database, but tat version only contains the first part of the tune, is listed as a hornpipe, and is transcribed in A minor. My transcription is in E minor and contains the tune in its entirety, as played by The Chieftains on their album Boil the Breakfast Early except without their usual ornamentation, so as to allow the player to ornament it as they will.
This tune was written by the illustrious Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738) for one of his many patronesses, the wife of one Thomas Judge of Grangeberg, County Westmeath. According to Boil the Breakfast Early’s sleeve notes, Ludwig von Beethoven himself had a hand at arranging this composition. Although it is listed as a reel this piece is really an air, and so therefore should be played at a slower speed than most dance-tunes of the same time signature. I play the tune, as The Chieftains do, with a sort of hornpipe-like swing in places (the reason, I assume, for the tune’s previous listing as a hornpipe), and when time signature changes to 6/8 towards the end I play it more or less straight like a jig. It’s pretty long for an Irish tune, but I think that it’s easy enough to play as well as a great composition, so for me the length is justified. Hope you enjoy it!
In 2 parts:
These are the Mrs Judge previously submitted:
4/4 version: https://thesession.org/tunes/1542
3/8 version: https://thesession.org/tunes/1551
Here’s a video link posted by imsew1864 :
to a v similar version in part harmony on fifes (but can ‘harmony’ be used to describe a fife duet ever!)
Has anyone got the dots for this last version?
I play this tune on the pipes, so this is my pipes friendly version