Harmonious Blacksmith (The)
X: 1 T:Harmonious Blacksmith,aka. JMP.059 M:C L:1/8 Q:1/2=90 C:"64...Harmonious Blacksmith" S:John Miller MS. Perth, 1799.(for the fife) R:.Hornpipe O:Scotland A:Perth H:1799 Z:vmp.C. Graebe F:http://www.village-music-project.org.uk/abc/miller.abc K:G major B2 e2 d2 cB | A2 BA GFED | GDGB AGAB | GDGB AGAB |! B2 e2 d2 cB |A2 BA GFED | c2 BA B2 AG | EGFA G4 :|! |:d2 g2 f2 ed | e2 fe dcBA | dAdf edef | dAdf edef |! d2 g2 f2 ed | e2 fe dcBA | g2 fe f2 ed | Bdce "D.C."d4 :|]
HARMONIOUS BLACKSMITH, THE (Y Gof Du). Welsh. This Welsh air was arranged with variations for harpsichord by the great Classical composer George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). It is said that he came to Whitchurch on the Welsh borders and there had to take shelter from a downpour in a village smithy. Overhearing the smith singing this tune in Welsh as he worked at his anvil, the composer was so taken with it he felt compelled to memorize it. "The Harmonious Blacksmith" was Handel's name for the air. Y Gof Du means "The Blacksmith" in Welsh. A version of the melody was entered into the mid-19th century music manuscript collection (vol. 4, p. 53) of County Cork Church of Ireland cleric and uilleann piper James Goodman.