Light of Other Days (The)

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X:1 T:Light of other days, The M:C L:1/8 R:Air S:John Rook music manuscript collection (Waverton, Cumbria, 1840, p. 230) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:C G|G3c edcB|A4 G2 c>d|e2 e>f g2 d>e|c2 z2z2 zG|G3c edcB| A4 G2 c>d|e2 e>f g2 de|c2 z2z2c2|f3c cBcd|e4 c3c| c3c d3d|!fermata!d4 z2 GG|G3c ecB|A4 G2 c>d|e2 e>f g2 d>e| f6 g>f|e3 d cBcd|e4 (3ede (3fga|(agBc) ed!fermata!f>e|c4||



LIGHT OF OTHER DAYS, THE (Solus na alloide). Irish, Slow Air (4/4 time). B Flat Major (O'Neill): D Major (Clarke): C Major (Rook). Standard tuning (fiddle). ABC. A composition by Irish composer, violinist and singer Michael William Balfe (1808-1870). Balfe wrote thirty-eight operas, of which The Bohemian Girl (1843) is perhaps the best-known, and the only one still occasionally performed. He was also a friend of R.M. Leavy (who issued two important collections of Irish music, beginning in 1855). O'Neill was criticized in some traditional circles for his inclusion of some of Balfe's compositions in his Music of Ireland, as it was thought by some that "Balfe's music...was not Irish at all, even if he was" (O'Neill, 1913), but O'Neill valued Balfe's work and was pleased to include some of his compositions.

Michael Balfe


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Printed sources : - O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 496, p. 87.






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