Annotation:Carolan's Cottage

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X:1 T:Carolan's Cottage M:3/4 L:1/8 Q:"Andante" N:From P. Carew's MSS N: The 3rd bar before the end of each strain should be read f e3 (3dce and f e3 (3dcd S:Stanford/Petrie (1905), No. 670 Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Amin c>B | A2E2A>B | c4 BA | G2 dcBA | G4 cB | A2E2 AB | c4 cd | e2 fedf | e4 cd/e/ | f2 gfed | e2 fedc | fd eA dE | G4 c>B | A2a2g2 | f e3 dce | c2 BA^GB | A4 || eg | abage^g | a4 a/b/c' ge de c'a | g4 eg | ab age^g | a3b a/b/c' | c>B ce df | e4 cd/e/ | f2 gfed | e2 fedc | f>d eA dE | G4 cB | A2a2g2 | f e3 dcd | c2 BA^GB | A4 ||

CAROLAN'S COTTAGE. Irish, Air or Planxty (3/4 time). A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (O'Sullivan, Stanford/Petrie): AABB (Barnes). Attributed to blind Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738). Carolan researcher Donal O'Sullivan (1958) had little to say about this air, save that it is similar in structure to that of Carolan's "Lament for Terence MacDonough." He neither supported nor refuted that this was a composition of the bard's.

Turlough O'Carolan

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - "From P. Carew's MS" [O'Sullivan, Stanford/Petrie]. George Petrie notes the versions he gives are from "P. Carew's MS". Researcher Nicholas Carolan of the Irish Traditional Music Archive records that P. Carew (or, as collector William Forde gave his name, 'Paddy Carey') was a musically literate professional uilleann piper living in Lag Lane, St Finbarre’s parish, Cork, in the mid-1840's. The area, notes Carolan, was near a military barracks, and was the location of shebeens (illicit bars) and brothels, notorious for poverty and crime. A number of harper Turlough O'Carolan's compositions were in his repertoire, and were the object of collectors.

Printed sources : - Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes, vol. 2), 2005; p. 64 (appears as "The Introdcution", the title of a 1996 dance by Fried de Metz Herman set to the tune). Complete Collection of Carolan's Irish Tunes, 1984; No. 184, p. 128. O'Sullivan (Carolan: The Life, Times and Music of an Irish Harper), 1958; No. 184, p. 206. Stanford/Petrie (Complete Collection), 1905; No. 670, p. 168.

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