Annotation:Ace and Deuce of Pipering (1)

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X:1 T:Aon is dó na piobaireachta T:Ace and Deuce of Pipering [1], The M:C L:1/8 R:Set Dance Q:"Horn-pipe time." B:P.W. Joyce - Ancient Irish Music (1873, No. 14, p. 15) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G d>c|B2 cA B2 cA|BGcA B2 AG|d2 ec d2 ec|d2 ec dcBA| e2 fd edcA|d2 ec dcBA|BGcA B2 AG|FGAB cBcA| G2g2 fdcA|FGAB cBcA|AGGG G2 FG|[EA]GGG [D2G2]|| G>F|G2=f2 e2f2|G2 =fe fdcA|G2g2^f2g2|d2 gg gfdc| A2=f2e2f2|[Ad]cde [A3=f3]g|aggg g>^fdc|BGcA B2 AG| G2g2 fdcA|FGAB cBcA|AGGG G2 FG|[EA]GGG [D2G2]||

ACE AND DEUCE OF PIPERING (1), THE (“Aon's Do Na Piobaireacda” or “A hAon sa dó na píobaireachta”). Irish, Set or Long Dance (cut time). G Major/Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Joyce): AABB (Mulvihill, O’Neill). The title refers to the highest quality of performance on the Uillean pipes ('one and two' or first and second), and is taken from playing cards, where "ace high" is the pinnacle card of the game. The tune was considered by antiquarian P.W. Joyce (1873) to be "the perfection of music when well played on the bag-pipes, and its correct performance was believed to be a sufficient test of the instrumental skill of a piper" {Joyce). Joyce, who transcribed the melody in 1853 from the whistling of John Dolan (Glenosheen, County Limerick) specifies hornpipe time for the melody.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Cotter (Traditional Irish Tin Whistle Tutor), 1989; 89. Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 26. Joyce (Ancient Irish Music), 1873; No. 14, p. 15. Mulvihill (1st Collection), 1986; No. 8, p. 111. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 224. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1781, p. 333. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 956, p. 164. Reavy (The Music of Corktown). Vallely (Learn to Play Tin Whistle with Armagh Pipers Club, vol. 3), 30.

Recorded sources : - Columbia 35612, "The Chieftains" (1978. Piper Sean Keane incorporates "remnants of what is thought to be an old version of the tune as played by Gareth Barry").

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