Annotation:I'll Make My Love a Breast of Glass

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X:1 T:I’ll make my Love a breast of Glass M:3/4 L:1/8 R:Air B:P.M. Haverty – One Hundred Irish Airs vol. 2 (1858, No. 159, p. 72) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Fmin (C.F.G)|(A2 G).F (.A.B)|c3 (c d).c|B2 (cB) (AB)|G3 (CF).G| A2 (G.F)| AB|c3 B (AB)|(G2 A).G F=E|F3||(F/>G/) (.A.A)| (A2 c)(e f).e|(d2 c).B (.A.A)|(.A2 B).c (BA)|!fermata!G2 z(.C.F.G)| (A2 G)(.F .A.B)|c2 (fd) (cA)|(G2 A).G (F=E)|F3:|]

I'LL MAKE MY LOVE A BREAST OF GLASS (Deanfaim brollac gloine dom grad). Irish, Air (3/4 time). G Major (O'Neill): F Minor (Haverty, Stanford/Petrie): G Minor (Howe). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Note the difference in tonalities between Howe/Petrie and O'Neill. Paul de Grae remarks that Howe and Petrie's minor mode versions are exact transpositions of one another, while O'Neill's setting is a duplicate of Howe's, but in a major mode (from G minor to G major). "Whether a mistake or creative misreading," writes Paul, "the result is a perfectly idiomatic melody"[1].

The air is associated with a song known under various names throughout the English-speaking world. One version of the relevant verse (from the Arkansas song "Breast O'Glass"):

I wish my breast was made of glass,
Wherein you might behold
Your name engraved upon my heart,
With letters lined with gold.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - "From Bet Skilling" [Stanford/Petrie].

Printed sources : - P.M. Haverty (One Hundred Irish Airs vol. 2), 1858; No. 159, p. 72. Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 98. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 518, p. 90. Stanford/Petrie (Complete Collection), 1905; No. 622, p. 156.

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  1. Paul de Grae, "The Rambles of the Pitchfork: evidence for "creative misreading " of traditional tunes", July, 2015.