A nice little waltz. I like to play it before Give Me Your Hand, they flow together nicely.
We often play this tune at gigs. Depending on the general mood of the evening and our feedback from the audience, whoever in the group announces it will place the stress on the first or second word of the English version of the title.
NOT a waltz
This tune is not a waltz as a) the waltz did not become popular in Europe until well after O’Carolan’s death and b) it is in 6/8. I notice that despite the 3/4 time signature you have transcribed it in 6/8.
Re: Not a waltz
Oops! I failed to look at the time sig as I was transcribing it, and even though the 3 note groupings etc. I still thought it was in 3/4… Sorry about that!
Fanny Power by Turlough O’Carolan
Although Carolan didn’t write Fanny Power as a waltz (as Miles stated above, the tune predates the dance form), this tune does work well as a waltz, though I think it sounds best played a little too fast to really waltz to it. I think it would be appropriate to notate it in 3/4 — cut the measures in half and double the note values from what is here — but that really doesn’t matter. O’Sullivan’s book* shows it in 6/8.
This is one of the best-known of Turlough O’Carolan’s tunes. Some folks feel it’s overplayed and prefer not to hear it again, but others of us never get tired of this beautiful melody. I love the way the B part sings on flute or fiddle.
*Carolan: The Life Times and Music of an Irish Harper, by Donal O’Sullivan. Cork, Ireland: Ossian Publications Ltd, 2001. ISBN 1-900428-71-7 (paperback)
Try this variant!
Bar 2 of Part B: GBG GBG
Bar 4 of Part B: ACA ACA
(that’s the way I learnt it; isn’t it nice?)
Suggestion for a harmony line
I have been playing (quietly in the background!) a harmony line to this tune which you might like to try. Let me know how you get on.
T:Fanny Powers Harmony
C:Composer : Robin Beech
D |:B,2 D B,2 D |E4 FG |AGF GAE |(D2D3)A |B2 G c2 A |B2 G E2 G |FGA AGF |1GDB, G,2 D :|2GDB, G,2 D ::B,2 D B,2 D |B4 AG |E2 G E2 G |c4 BA |BAG FED |CB,A, B,CD |EFG AGF |1GDB, G,2 D :|2GDB, G,3 :|
Just realised that the B line of this piece is used by the Pogues in the tune "London You’re a Lady" on the "Peace and Love" album.
“Fanny Poer” / “Planxty Fanny Power” ~ O’Carolan ~ waltzified
K: G Major
|: D2 |
G4 D2 | G3 A B2 | c4 B2 | A4 G2 | F3 E D2 | D2 E2 D2 | F4 G2 | A3 B c2 |
B3 A G2 | B3 c d2 | e4 A2 | A4 G2 | G3 F E2 | D2 G2 F2 | G6- | G4 :|
|: d2 |
d2 Bc d2 | d2 Bc d2 | G3 A G2 | G2 B2 d2 | e2 cd e2 | e2 cd e2 | A3 B A2 | A2 B2 c2 |
B2 Bc d2 | e2 ef g2 | fa- a2 f | d4 c2 | B3 A G2 | Ac- c2 F2 | G6- | G4 :|
This is in answer to ~
Discussion #13186: "Name that waltz" ~ " ~ a ‘waltz’ I learned from the great Áine Uí Laoithe from Dún Chaoin, but I only know it as bhalsanna "waltzes" so anyone with the actual name for this would be very welcome. I suck at ABC as I can’t read music, but cobbled this together. I know it looks like a cat threw up on my keyboard, but if you play it in ABC it sounds close to ok."
le meas, Dónall Ó Dúil
# Posted on March 30th 2007 by dubhghaill
Is mian liom labhairt ar óg-mhaol shuairc.
Is uaisle geanúla gnaol agus cáil,
Do bhios insa mbaile tá ag cuan Loch Riabhach
Táim buioch nar casadh mé laimh léi.
Is aerach is tréitheach an mhaighdean bhreá scafánta
Grá chroí na héireann an péarla deas galanta
ïOlaidh go tréan is ná déanaigi failli,
Faoi thuairim Fainí nion Dáibhi.
Siúd í an eala tá ag taobh a’ chuain
Na sluaite fear dul in éag dá grá
‘S í Faini deas geanúll na ndlaoi is na ndual
Fuar bua go minic le haille.
Nár fhága mé an saol ó go mbi mé go ceannasach
A’ damhsa go h’aerach is mé ar do bhainis sé
Fógraim an té sin a d’iarrfadh aon spré leat,
A phéarla leanbh na mbán ghlac.
I wish to speak of a gracious young lady,
A loveable lady of beauty and reputation,
Who lives in the town near the bay of Loch Riabhach.
I’m thankful that I had the chance to meet her.
She’s lively, airy, - a cultured fine maiden,
The love of all Ireland and a nice cultured pearl.
O drink up now and don’t be slack!
To Fanny, the daughter of David.
She is the swan at the edge of the bay,
Crowds of men are dying for her love.
She’s nice gentle Fanny of locks and braids,
Who often gets the prize for beauty.
May I not leave this world, if I may be so bold,
Unless I can cheerfully dance at your wedding feast.
I challenge the one who would ever ask a dowry for you,
O Pearl-Child of white hands.
better chords could be put up, they dont fit very well, eg the Bm is wrong
Chords for Fanny Poer
Here are some other chords (slash chords are optional)
T: Fanny Poer
|:D|"G"G2D "Em"G>AB|"C"c2B "D"A2G|"D7/C"F>GE "Bm7"D>ED|"D/A"F2G "D"A>Bc|
"G"B>AG "Em"B>cd|"C"e2A "Am"A2G|"D7/C"F>GE "D/A"D>GF|"Cadd9"G3 "G/B"G2 :|
|: d|"G"dB/2c/2d dB/2c/2d|"Em"G>AG GBd|"C"ec/2d/2e ec/2d/2e|"D"A>BA ABc|
"G"B>cd "C"e>fg|"D"f>ga "Bm7"d2c|"G"B>AG "D"A/2B/2cF|"Cadd9"G3 "G/B"G2:|
and a wee bit more adventureous with a kind of jazz waltz feel
( I hope you don’t mind!):
6/8|:G6 Em7 |C6 - Bm7 A7 - A7/G |D7 - A7/E D/F# - A7/E |
D/F# - A7/G D/A - -|G6 Bm7 |C6 A7 |C/G D/A |G6 :|
|:G6 Bm7 |Em Em7/D |Am Am7/G |D7/F# D7 |
G6 Am7 |Bm7 Em7 |A7/9 - - Cm6 - D/A |G6 :|
In France it’s a slow waltz
This is regularly played & danced to in a traditional "bal" held regularly by the seine in paris. They do it slow & stately there, & it gets called "valse écossaise"! They mark a pause (on the "c" in bar 2 if I’m not mistaken) & the dancers go on tiptoes at that moment. Rather nice, & usualy catches me by surprise.
I’ve arranged this tune as a jig - I plan to put it on my site soon.
The name Poer
So…when I visited the South of Ireland, I went to a place called Powerscourt, which was a family’s large home, and I seem to remember the family name being Poer…any connection?
Fanny Power as a jig
I’ve put the score on my site:
I disagree with chords
All chords, on principle, or just the ones listed for this tune? :-)
the ending of the A section is suposed to be played
Fanny power sounds nice played with the southwind
The Swan of the Shore
samiam590, Power is a relatively common name in Ireland (as in Power’s whiskey for instance) in South Leinster esp. It came with the Normans, see http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Power for an overview.
As for the connection between Powerscourt, the Big House you named and the lady of the title, it is either inexistant or indirect, for plausible connections, you probably would have to do your own research; here are some starting clues: http://www.ceolas.org/cgi-bin/ht2/ht2-fc2/file=/tunes/fc2/fc.html&style=&refer=&abstract=&ftpstyle=&grab=&linemode=&max=250&isindex=Planxty%20Fanny%20Power&submit=Search
Note that the post concerning the Poer family was from 2009.
Moreover, you should really pay attention to those links you give. It clearly states in the booklet you linked to that the Poer/Poher/Power connection with Powerscourt was Eustace Power, who was a descendant of Sir Richard Power, as was Sir William Power of Kilbolane.
David Power of Corheen was a descendant of Sir William (David Power of the Carolan ditty). David Power’s wife was Elizabeth Power (née Keating) who was apparently the ‘Mrs Power’ subject of that tune commonly called ‘Carolan’s Concerto’ and their daughter, Frances, was ‘Fanny Power’.
Frances married the politician Richard Trench (and he did well out of the marriage).
So, indeed, the Poer/Power family that apparently gave name to Powerscourt is of the same ilk as the Power family who patronised Carolan.
Is that "plausible" enough for you?
X: 5 & X: 6 “Fanny Power”
B: "Carolan: The Life, Times and Music of an Irish Harper" by Donal O’Sullivan
N: Volume One, page 246, tune #155: "Fanny Power"
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X: 6 is X: 5 transposed up a step from F to G Major
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Notes from Volume Two of the same publication, pages 97 - 98: 155. Fanny Power:
Mrs. Trench or Fanny Power (Bunting), by Carolan (Madame Trench / Planxty Power in other early collections) ~ Fanny (Frances) Power was the daughter and heiress of David and Elizabeth Power of Coorheen, Loughrea. She married, on the 13th March, 1732, Richard Trench of Garbally, County Galway ~