Brian the Brave (1)
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BRIAN THE BRAVE . AKA and see "Paul/Moll/Poll Ha'penny," "Carolan's Dream," "Garrai na bhFeileoig," "Hawke's Hornpipe," "Molly MacAlpin," "O'Carolan's Farewell to Music," "Remember the Glories of Brian the Brave." Irish, Hornpipe. A Aeolian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The title "Brian the Brave" is a shortened form the name of Thomas Moore's song "Remember the Glories of Brian the Brave", set to the tune of "Molly MacAlpin/Poll Ha'penny":
Remember the glories of Brian the brave,
Tho' the days of the hero are o'er;
Tho' lost to Mononia and cold in the grave,
He returns to Kinkora no more.
That star of the field, which so often hath pour'd
Its beam on the battle, is set;
But enough of its glory remains on each sword,
To light us to victory yet.
The second part of "Hawke's Hornpipe" is cognate with the second part of "Brian the Brave ."
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Roche (Collection of Traditional Irish Music, vol. 2), 1912; No. 212, p. 11.
Recorded sources: Claddagh CC27, Michael Tubridy - "The Eagle's Whistle."