Low Level Hornpipe (1) (The)
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LOW LEVEL HORNPIPE , THE. Irish, Hornpipe. B Flat Major: A Major (Sutherland): D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Mulvihill): AA'BB' (O'Malley). A popular hornpipe in County Donegal; it contrasts with "High Level Hornpipe (1)." The "Low Level Hornpipe" can be found in the Alex Sutherland (1873-1967) manuscript of Carrigallen, County Leitrim, set in the key of 'A' (it is a close version in both strains of Kerr's "Clog Dance," referenced below). The first few measures of the first strain of "Low Level " are similar to "Souvenir Clog", credited to B.F. Dietrich in Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883). Researcher Conor Ward finds the first strain is also cognate with "Clog Dance," printed in James S. Kerr's Merry Melodies, vol. 4 (c. 1880's, No. 273), and "Dorset Four Hand Reel (2)." Melodeon player Frank Quinn (1893-1964, of Drumlish, Co. Longford) recorded the melody in 1924 as the first tune in a medley entitled "The Dublin Hornpipe."
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Mulvihill (1st Collection), 1986; No. 6, p. 89. O'Malley (Luke O'Malley's Collection of Irish Music, vol. 1), 1976; No. 133, p. 67.
Recorded sources: Claddagh CCF34, Pierre Schryer and Dermot Byrne - "Two Worlds United."
See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info