Annotation:Bard's Legacy (The)

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X:1 T:Bard’s Legacy, The M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Air Q:"Slow" B:Smollet Holden - Collection of favourite Irish Airs (London, c. 1841; p. 39) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G G2G GDB,|d2d dBd|G2A BAB|E2F G3:| GBd g2f|fed edB|GBd g2f|fe^d e2f| g2f fdB|e2e dBG|GF2A BAB|E2F2G2||

BARD'S LEGACY, THE. AKA and see "Legacy (1) (The)." Irish, Air and March (6/8 time). C Major (Howe): G Major (Holden, O'Farrell). Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The tune was printed by Dublin publisher Smollet Holden in his Collection of Quick and Slow Marches, Troops, &c. (c. 1805), as "The Bard's Legacy," a title that suggests a lyric (now lost) was set to it. Holden, however, categorized it as a march. Thomas Moore set words to the tune and called his song "The Legacy," by which title the tune has appeared in numerous collections. As "The Bard's Legacy" it appears in the Patrick McGahon music manuscript collection (Dungooley, County Louth), dated 1817, and, similarly, in flute player William Killey's (Jurby, Isle of Man) mid-19th century music copybook.

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Printed sources : - Smollet Holden (Collection of favourite Irish Airs), London, c. 1841; p. 39. Howe (Complete Preceptor for the Accordeon), 1843; p. 32. O'Farrell (Pocket Companion, vol. III), c. 1808; p. 34.

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