Irish Air in the Poor Soldier (1)
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IRISH AIR IN THE POOR SOLDIER. Irish, Air (6/8 time). A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABB. The Poor Soldier  is a two-act comic opera composed by William Shield to a libretto by Irish-born John O'Keefe, first staged in November, 1783, at Covent Garden. It tells of an Irish footsoldier returning from the wars in America, who finds his sweetheart being wooed by an upper-class officer, and the music employs, in part, traditional Irish airs sung to Shield by O'Keefe. The opera, coming after the Peace of Paris was signed, was said to have been a favorite of George Washington, and enjoyed wide popularity not only in Great Britian, but in North America as well (first produced professionally in America in December, 1785, in New York).