Harlequin (The)

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HARLEQUIN, THE. AKA and see "Father Dollard's Hornpipe." Irish, Hornpipe. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The title "The Harlequin" is an alternate Sliabh Luachra title for the tune also known as "Father Dollard's Hornpipe." Paul Deloughery's note with the tune in his book says: "Harlequinn (sic) was a General in the British Army. This is (fiddler Padraig) O'Keeffe's version of it." There is some confusion of names of this tune with one called "Chancellor (the)," since both were played in a medley on recordings of Dennis Murphy and Julia Clifford. There are a number of melodies entitled "Harlequin," a name that is derived from the comic-theatre figure of 17th century Italian commedia dell'arte. Harlequin was originally one of the two Zannis or comic servants, although later he became the love interest or leading man.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Deloughery (Sliabh Luachra on Parade), 1988; No. 149, p. 77.

Recorded sources: Claddagh RTE 183 CD, Denis Murphy - "Music from Sliabh Luachra." Clolar-Connachta CICD 142, Charlie Piggott & Gerry Harrington - "The New Road." Topic 310, Julia Clifford, Billy Clifford - "Star of Munster Trio."

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