Little Red Lark of the Mountain (1)

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LITTLE RED LARK (OF THE MOUNTAIN) [1], THE. AKA - "An Fuiseogin Dearg." Irish, Air (6/8 time, "gracefully"). Ireland, County Armagh. G Major (O'Neill): F Major (Stanford/Petrie). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The tune is a version of the Irish air "Ballylee," and is also similar to "Caitlín Tirial" (Kitty Tyrell (2)). The Irish collector, artist, musician, architect and antiquarian George Petrie [1] (1790–1866) obtained his version in County Armagh.

George Petrie

"Litte Red Lark" was among a selection of tunes from the Petrie collection set for string quartet by British composer William Alwyn (1905-1985) in his "Seven Irish Tunes" (1923), later, in 1936, rearranged for a small orchestra (the other selections "Maiden-Ray (The)," "Country Tune," "Ewe with the Crooked Horn (3) (The)," "Gentle Maiden (The), "Sigh (The)" and a "Jig").

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 72, p. 13. Stanford/Petrie (Complete Collection), 1905; No. 384, p. 97.

Recorded sources: Folkways FW 6819, Willie Clancy - "Irish Jigs, Reels and Hornpipes" (1959).

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