Cailín Deas Donn (2)

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X:1 T:Pretty Brown Maid [3] M:12/8 L:1/8 R:Air B:Bunting – Ancient Music of Ireland (1840, No. 53, p. 40) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A c/d/|(ed).c (dB).B (cB).A (BG).E|(ed).c (dB).B (cB).A B2 c/d/| (ed).c (dB).B (cB).A (BG).E|(.G2.G) (F/G/)AF (GE).E Ez| (.G2.G) (AF).F (GE).G (AF).^D|(.G2.G) (F/G/A).F (GE).E E2z| .c2.c (dB).B (cA).A (BG).G|.c2.c (B/c/d).B (cA).A !fermata![E2A2]||



CAILÍN DEAS DONN [2] (A Pretty Brown-Haired Maid). AKA and see "Pretty Brown Maid (3)," "Bobby in Bed." Irish, Air (12/8 time). F Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. Does not seem to be related to "Cailín Deas Donn (1)". Also called 'Bobby in Bed.'" See also "Move up to Me," "Did You See My Man Looking for Me? (1)." O'Sullivan (1983) points out that the tune was in the dorian mode in Bunting's manuscript, altered to the ionian mode in the printed collection: both are nearly exact mirrors of one another, save that the dorian mode tune is transposed down one step. However, the key signature for both versions remains the same. O'Sullivan is unable to account for this, save that Bunting may have been trying to 'improve' the tune in his published work.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - the index to Belfast collector Edward Bunting's (1773-1843) 1840 collection gives that the tune was noted at "Deel Castle, Ballina, in 1792," though a note in Bunting's MS version states it was taken from the harper "Charles Byrne.

Printed sources : - Bunting (Ancient Music of Ireland), 1840; No. 53, p. 40. O'Sullivan/Bunting, 1983; No. 53, pp. 82-83.

Recorded sources: -



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