Michael O'Connor (1)
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MICHAEL O'CONNOR . Irish Planxty ('A' and 'B' parts in cut time, 'C' and 'D' parts in jig time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABCD. Composed by Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738). The jig section of the tune became detached at some point and was collection by Petrie, appearing both in his volume and the Stanford edition of Petrie's work (No. 99, appearing untitled and un-attributed). Donal O'Sullivan could find no pedigree of a Michael O'Connor in either of the O'Connor families familiar to Carolan (the O'Conors of Belanagare, and the O'Connors of Offaly). He did find a reference to a Michael O'Connor in one of harper Charles O'Conor's diaries following a poem in praise of his mother, which was attributed to "Michél O Conchubhair cct. 1728." O'Sullivan suggests that the author of the poem may have been the subject of Carolan's compositions bearing his name.
Source for notated version: John & William Neal(e)'s c. 1712 volume of the compositions of Carolan (the exact title is lost), Dublin [O'Sullivan].
Printed sources: Complete Collection of Carolan's Irish Tunes, 1984; No. 120, p. 87. O'Sullivan (Carolan: The Life, Times and Music of an Irish Harper), 1958; No. 120, p. 165.