Annotation:Irish Girl (7)--In Rosina

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X:1 T:Irish Girl [7], The--In Rosina M:C L:1/8 R:Air B:Samuel, Anne & Peter Thompson – The Hibernian Muse (London, 1787, No. 14, pp. 10-11) N:”A Collection of the most Favorite Compositions of Carolan the Celebrated Irish Bard” Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D d>c|(B>c)AA F>FDF|(G>A)EF D2 d>c|(B>c)AA F>FDF|G>B(TE>F)D3|| F/G/|AF (AB/c/) ddBd|Ae(A^G) A3 (F/G/)|AF (AB/c/) ddBd|cecA {G}!fermata!F2 d>c| (B>c)AA F>FDF|G>B(E>F) D2 d>c|(B>c)AA F>FDF|G>BTE>F D2||

IRISH GIRL [7]--IN ROSINA. Irish (?), English; Air (whole time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Rosina was a comic opera in two acts by English composer and songwriter William Shield [1] (1748-1829), first performed in London in 1782. Like many of Shields' operas, it was intended to be used as a light afterpiece to the full production of an Italian opera, and it is the only one whose score has survived intact.
The provenance is unknown. Many melodies in period operas and pantomimes were 'borrowed' or adapted from existing 'folk' repertoire. The Thompsons printed the melody in their Hibernian Muse (1787), suggesting that it had Irish origins, but it may simply be the title had the word 'Irish' in it.
William Shield

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Printed sources : - Samuel, Anne & Peter Thompson (The Hibernian Muse), London, 1787; No. 14, pp. 10-11.

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