If to a Foreign Clime I Go
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IF TO A FOREIGN CLIME I GO. Irish, Air. One of a reputed seven or eight hundred compositions of the ancient Irish harper Thomas O'Connellan (see note for "Breach of Aughrim (The)/Farewell to Lochaber"). According to Hardiman (Irish Minstrelsy), Connellan was born at Cloony Mahon in County Sligo early in the 17th century, and died near Lough Gur, County Limerick, sometime previous to the year 1700. The air was included in Crotch's Specimens of various styles of music referred to in a Course of Lectures read at Oxford and London, and adapted to keyed instruments by W. Crotch, Mus. Doc., Prof. Mus. Oxon. Crotch, who was Principal of the Royal Academy of Music (London) from 1823-1832 delivered lectures on various types of national music from 1800-1804 and 1820, and had them bound in three volumes, familiarly referred to as "Crotch's Specimens". The Irish "specimens," of which this was one, are contained in volume 1.
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Printed sources: Bunting (A General Collection of the Ancient Music of Ireland), 1796; No. 1, p. 1.