O Mary My Darling (2)

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O MARY, MY DARLING [2] (A Mháire, 'S A Mhúirnín). Irish, Air (3/4 time). D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Highly ornamented version. "With the variations and ornamentations of the Munster pipers and fiddlers (from the Pigot MSS.). Here it will be observed that each part is lengthened to ten bars (instead of eight as in the simple melody): this, no doubt, to give more scope for the ornamentations. I heard O'Hannigan, a great Munster piper--blind--play these variations, (in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork: 1844)--the runs all staccato--with amazing brilliancy and perfection of execution" (Joyce).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 148, pp. 75-76.

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