Lament for Sarsfield (3)

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LAMENT FOR SARSFIELD [3]. AKA and see "Sarsfield's Lamentation." Irish, Slow Air (3/4 time). D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. O’Neill states this melody is “entirely distinct from the melody of that name in modern publications” (for which see “Lament for Sarsfield (1)”). He obtained it from The Hibernian Muse, printed in London, 1787. The title refers to General Patrick Sarsfield, the Irish commander at the Siege of Limerick, a circumstance that O’Neill says “obviously accounts for its being confounded in later times with ‘Limerick's Lamentation’."

Source for notated version: From the Hibernian Muse of 1787 [O'Neill].

Printed sources: O’Neill (Irish Minstrels and Musicians, 1913), p. 117. O’Neill (Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody), 1922.

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