Annotation:New Lesson (The)

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X:1 T:New Lesson, The M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Air Q:"Airily" S:O'Neill - Music of Ireland (1903), No. 488 Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D f/e/|dcA ABA|=cAF GFG|AFD ECE|D3 D2 f/e/| dcA/B/ =c2d|=cAF G2B|AGF EDE|D3 D2|| F/G/|Ad d/e/ fef | gfe/d/ cAG | Adf e/d/ce | d2e f2 f/e/ | dcA ABA |=cAF GFG | AGF EDE | D3 D2 ||

NEW LESSON, THE (An Leigeann Nuad). AKA and see "'Read-a-med-aisy' (The)," "Reading made Easy (1) (The)," "Tumbling down Teady's Acre." Irish, Air (6/8 time, "airily"). D Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Read-a-med-aisy = 'reading made easy'. "Billy McCormick's" is sometimes given as an alternate title, but the jig of that name printed in O'Neill's DMI (1907, No. 341) bears no resemblance. See also George Petrie's version "annotation:Reading made Easy (1) (The)," from an 18th century song of seduction entitled "The Turf and Reading-Made-Easy." O'Neill's "New Lesson" title may be an example of his rather Victorian attempts to distance his work from any of the earlier era's salaciousness.

See also "Spailpín Rúin."

Additional notes

Printed sources : - O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 488, p. 85.

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