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MR. O'CONNOR. Irish, Planxty (3/4 time, 'A' and 'B' parts, 6/8 time 'C' and 'D' parts). G Minor (O’Sullivan): E Minor (S. Johnson). Standard tuning (fiddle). ABCD. A composition of blind Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738), first appearing in Dublin publishers John and William Neal’s collection of c. 1721. The “unusually long” tune is sometimes played in the key of E Minor, and has an attached jig. Donal O’Sullivan, the leading authority on Carolan, could not identify the O’Connor of the title, but believes it was probably composed for some important patron.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Complete Collection of Carolan's Irish Tunes, 1984; No. 113, pp. 82-83. S. Johnson (The Kitchen Musician No. 3: Carolan), 1983 (revised 1991, 2001); p.13. O’Sullivan (Carolan: The Life, Times and Music of a Irish Harper), 1958; No. 113.

Recorded sources: Gael-Linn, De Danann - “The Mist Covered Mountain” (1977). Hemisphere 7243 8 31216 25, De Danann - “Celtic Graces” (1994).




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